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Rio 2016New batches of Rio 2016 commemorative coins and postal stamps launched
Aug. 6, 2015

The day after Rio 2016 celebrated one year to the Olympic Games there was a special treat for collectors of Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia. New batches of commemorative Rio 2016 coins and stamps were unveiled on Thursday (6 August) during a special launch event at the Maracanã Stadium.

The latest circulation coins, worth R$1 (one Brazilian real), introduced three more Olympic sports to the collection – volleyball, judo and football – and one more Paralympic sport – athletics.

There are also gold and silver coins, which are special collectors’ items, bearing exclusive designs. Each of them combines an outdoor sport being practised in front of a famous Rio landmark – rowing on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, running in Flamengo Park, cycling at Vista Chinesa, and playing beach volleyball at Copacabana – with a Brazilian cultural icon (one for fauna, flora, architecture and music) on their opposite side – a mico-leão dourado (a type of Brazilian monkey), an orchid; the Sambódromo, and forró (a musical and dance style from Northeast of Brazil).