(WFI) The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 awaits more sponsors, but it now has an official collector coin — 10 to be precise.
The coins were unveiled by the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada 2015 officials at March 18 events in North Vancouver and Moncton.
The $20 for $20 coin, designed by Joel Kimmel, went on sale immediately. The silver coin features a female player pursuing a ball right-to-left in the foreground of the look of Canada 2015. A profile of Queen Elizabeth II is on the reverse side. Some 200,000 were made.
Five $10 fine silver coins and three $75 pure gold coins go on sale April 7. One of the gold coins, The Championship Game, features Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium and two orca whales.
National Organizing Committee chair Victor Montagliani said he still has his Montreal 1976 Olympics coin set.
“These type of things resonate with just the general sports fan,” Montagliani said. “I think they’ll be a big hit.”
The Mint’s collector coins are produced under a licensing agreement with FIFA. The terms were not released. Board vice-chair Susan Dujmovic said the Mint decided to do the collectors program instead of release circulation coins, as had been done for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
“We support history and culture of Canada and this is something that we knew would be very germane,” Dujmovic said.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Soccer Association announced its final pre-tournament warm-up match against England at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on May 29.
Canada will be seeking revenge after losing the Cyprus Cup final 1-0 to England on March 11. Tim Hortons Field was built as a football venue for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
The national organising committee has filled only three of its six national sponsor categories, but Montagaliani said more are coming.
He said tickets are sold out for the July 5 final at B.C. Place, but tickets remain for the other eight matches in Vancouver.
The committee has offered a time-limited, 30% off promotion to select groups in a bid to spur sales. Montagliani downplayed suggestions that Vancouver’s weak draw has harmed sales.
Germany 2011 champion Japan headlines a group that includes three nations making their Women’s World Cup debut: Cameroon, Ecuador and Switzerland.
“I’m not sure you can really complain or really define Vancouver as a challenge, it’s got a helluva schedule,” Montagliani said. Vancouver is also hosting a first round match between United States and Nigeria. Depending on its first round result, Canada could play a Vancouver match in the Round of 16.
The tournament kicks off June 6 in Edmonton when Canada faces China.
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