2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Gold and Silver Coins

August 8, 2012 – The Perth Mint in Australia has released limited mintage gold and silver coins for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The football competition will be held from June 12 to July 13, 2014.

The 99.9 percent pure silver and 99.99 percent pure gold coins depict original designs on the obverse of a soccer player in a traditional Aboriginal motif. The background behind the soccer player is a map of Australia with some color applied around the periphery of the coin. There is a Perth Mint mark, “P,” with an inscription reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The inscriptions give the date and monetary denomination of the coin.

Both coins are Australian legal tender and are struck in proof quality with the gold coin weighing 0.5 grams at a diameter of 11.60 mm and a thickness of .70 mm. The silver coin weighs 15.591 grams, diameter of 36.60 mm and a thickness of 2.30 mm.

The coins are presented in a display case including a souvenir shipper and with a specially designated certificate of authenticity.

The coins are being released on the heels of a distribution deal being reached for 2012 Olympic gold and silver coins. The British Royal Mint announced a distribution deal with Stauer and GovMint to release the official Olympic London 2012 coin collection at the end of July.

The Olympic Summer Games allowed a unique opportunity to create the coins, which includes a series of coins honoring the nation’s greatest icons and landmarks. Big Ben, Stonehenge, and Winston Churchill are all featured. A set of 29 coins features every Olympic and Paralympic sport.

The collection coincides also with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who is featured on the coins.

Several other countries within the Eurozone and in Eastern Europe have released or plan to release an Olympic coin, including a recent release by Poland, Russia, and Japan. Vladimir Putin of Russia has promised to place the effigy of the Russian medal winners on gold coins to be designed and struck after the conclusion of the games.

The 30th Summer Olympiad is now in its twelfth day and will continue through the week.

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