Brazil snubs horse sports in Rio 2016 coins

The four gold R$10 coins show classic Olympic sports.
The four gold R$10 coins show classic Olympic sports.

A series of 36 commemorative coins¬†are being created in Brazil to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but there’s not an equestrian among them.

By contrast, an equestrian-themed coin was among a series of 29 produced by Britain’s Royal Mint to mark the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Brazilian package includes sixteen R$1 coins for regular circulation, and a further four gold and 16 silver coins.

As well as the “classic” Olympic sports such as athletics and swimming, golf, basketball, and volleyball are included. Some even appear to show up twice among the 36 coins.

The first coins are expected to enter circulation in August this year, to be followed by three further launches, scheduled for February 2015, August 2015 and February 2016. Four new coins for regular circulation as well as four silver and one gold coin will be issued at each launch.

The designs, which were approved by the National Monetary Council of Brazil (CMN in Portuguese), were produced by the Central Bank of Brazil and Brazilian Mint teams with technical support from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.

The 16 R$1 coins:


Detail of the silver coins:


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