Brazil launches coin to commemorate World Cup in South Africa

12:24, May 22, 2010      

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Brazil's Central Bank (BC) launched Friday a coin commemorating the World Cup in South Africa, which is made in silver and has a face value of five reais (2.67 U.S. dollars).

The maximum circulation of the currency will be 25 thousand pieces to be marketed in Brazil and abroad.

The sale price is 108 reais (about 60 U.S. dollars) and the coins can be purchased in the regional offices of the Central Bank in 10 Brazilian cities.

The places where it will be sold abroad were not informed by the Central Bank.

One side of the coin shows a landscape of the African savannah with a soccer player in composition with the map of Africa, with particular reference to South Africa.

On the other side, it has the image of two players in motion with the ball, against the background of a stylized version of the Brazilian flag.

Brazil's Central Bank has made commemorative coins for sport events of national interest - when Brazil won the World Cup for the 4th time in 1994, and for the 5th time in 2002, as well as when the XV Pan American Games took place in Brazil, in 2007.

Source: Xinhua


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