Olympic, Paralympic Games and Athletes on Latest Canadian Coins

06 Jun 2017  Tue

The last two stamps of the 10-stamp Canada 150 issue were released on 1st June at Canada Post's Pacific Processing Centre in Richmond. The unveiling of the series began on 28th May. These maple-leaf-shaped stamps celebrate the country’s amateur athletics, the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The great Canadian high jumper Greg Joy who is an Olympic silver medalist and the figure skating champ, Joannie Rochette who won a bronze medal at the Olympics, unveiled the stamps. Canada has been a three-time host of the Olympic Games.

A text reads “1976 1988 2010 / Olympic Games” denoting the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The stamp depicts Alexandre Bilodeau who won the men's moguls skiing event in Vancouver. It was the first Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil.

Canadian Paralympic stars Arnold Boldt and Lauren Woolstencroft unveiled a Paralympic Games special stamp. Boldt has won eight medals in high jump and long jump, out of which, seven are gold. Woolstencroft, was a para-alpine skier and the first Canadian winter Paralympian to win five gold medals at a single Games. Her image is depicted on the Paralympic stamp. A text on the stamp reads “1976 2010 / Paralympic Glory” which points to Toronto and Vancouver games.

The 10-stamp Canada 150 issue can be purchased in a self-adhesive form in booklets of 10, and in gummed panes of 10 stamps. Sets of 10 first-day covers are also available.

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