With just 100 days to go before the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, commemorative 100 ruble banknote, 25 ruble coin depicting Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch and a postage block of devoted to the Sochi 2014 Torch Relay have been released into circulation. The banknote and coin, 20 million items each, will both be released into free circulation, whilst the stamp will be available in post offices across Russia. These items will be a great addition to any collection and will serve as a fantastic reminder of the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Bank of Russia Commemorative Banknote
The first ever 100 ruble banknote to be released by the Bank of Russia in the history of the Winter Games and currency circulation, continues its town series and is dedicated to the city of Sochi, where the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Games will take place. The banknote's design was a joint development between the Bank of Russia and FSUE "Goznak". A jumping snowboarder, the design of which was put forth by a student of the Repin Institute Pavel Bushuev, appears on the front side of the note.
Its vertical composition is in line with modern trends in banknote design and helps to express the uniqueness of the region, where snowy mountains and the warm sea live side by side. 20 million copies of the banknote will be released.
The national flags of the countries participating in the Games, united around the idea of a single Olympic Movement form part of a fence-like design, located on the front side of the banknote. Four diamonds placed together demonstrate the multiple transfers from one color to another on both sides of the banknote. At a certain angle of view, it is possible to see a stylized image of the Olympic Torch on the background of the diamonds. A multicolored holographic image of tongues of a flame, a reminder of the main symbol of the Games, the Olympic Torch, runs over the fence-like element.
The central composition on the back side of the banknote is the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games will take place.
The contours of the Sochi Sea Port are visible on the bottom part of the reverse of the banknote. Waves, incorporated into the design using original technology, allow both smooth and sharp color transitions without the use of image screening.
The image of the fairytale bird appears in the legends and traditions of many Russian peoples. The bird appears both on the front and back side of the note. The bird is soaring in the background of the signature "Patchwork Quilt", the image of the 2014 Games in Sochi, sewn from many pieces, each of which is dedicated to the Russian folk crafts and craftsman products.
Thanks to the unique possibilities of modern printing technologies, practically each element of the commemorative banknote's design is made up of micro images. The first thing that is visible on the note is a clear window, created on wide polymeric tape thanks to new technology. If you look into the window opening, you can see a snowflake, which depending on the angle at which you look at it, will turn either a light color on a dark blue background or a dark blue color on a light background. A watermark in the form of the emblem of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi appears on the top left of the front side of the banknote. An image of the emblem also appears in ultraviolet rays, on the right side, above the mountain tops.
Commemorative Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Coin
Presented together with the 100 ruble banknote, 25 ruble coin of copper-nickel, featuring the image of the Olympic Torch have become the fourth of commemorative coins dedicated to the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. 20 million pieces will be released.
The State Emblem of the Russian Federation and the "25 rubles" denomination appears on the front side of the coin. The Torch of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay and the emblem of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in the city of Sochi, appears on the background of a map of the Russian Federation as well as the route of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay.
Postage block for the Olympic Torch Relay of the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in the city of Sochi
The emblem of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay features on the postage block, whilst the map of the Russian Federation, the Torch of the Olympic Torch Relay and images of the Moscow Kremlin and the Sochi Sea Port, appear on the sides of the stamp. The stamp's value is 50 rubles and a total number 120,000 postage blocks will be released.
The stamp, dedicated to the Olympic Torch Relay, was prepared by FSUE "Marka" Publishing Center, and has already appeared on sale across all of Russia.
A decorative booklet containing the postage block and an envelope has been released.
The Sochi 2014 Ambassador and singer, Diana Gurtskaya, noted:
"When I was young, I couldn't even have dreamt that one day I would take part in an Olympic celebration and that I myself would carry the Olympic Torch. It is great that the Games in Sochi have united the country and have become everybody's Olympiad! I remember the Moscow Olympiad stamps that my brother loved to collect. I am very proud that I am taking part in this commemorative ceremony for the Sochi 2014 stamp, taking place at the highest point in Moscow, the Ostankinskaya TV Tower. I am also very proud that my son, who I am sure will remember this event for the rest of his life, will be with me."