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10-Euro Commemorative Coin for the World Championship in Athletics 2009

Author: BOCCurrent events Monday, November 12th, 2007
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German Minister of Finance Steinbrück Launches the Ideas Competition

Ideas Competition
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The German Ministry of Finance is supporting the 12th IAAF World Championship in Athletics berlin 2009™ with an unusual measure: On Thursday, German Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück will be launching an ideas competition for the creation of a 10-euro commemorative coin. This is only the third time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany that a commemorative coin will be issued for an athletic occasion, following coins created for the Summer Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and the FIFA World Cup in 2006. What is special in this case is that all Germans are being called to participate in the designing of the silver coin. Design ideas are to be submitted to the Organising Committee:

BOC 2009 GmbH
Keyword: Münze
Hanns-Braun-Str. / Adlerplatz
14053 Berlin

The competition is not only open to numismatists, but to anyone who is interested, and submissions can be made until December 31, 2007. The motifs could include depictions of individual athletics disciplines or of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, the venue of the World Championships event. A group of experts from the Ministry and from the BOC will then make a selection that will later be reflected in the final appearance of the coin. Everyone who submits an idea will take part in a drawing for attractive coin prizes.

Together with world champion discus thrower Franka Dietzsch, pole vaulter Björn Otto, and hurdler Thomas Blaschek, Dr. Clemens Prokop, president of the German Athletics Association DLV, presented the programme to the Minister at his office. In addition to the matter at hand, Minister Steinbrück expressed great interest in the sports careers of the athletes, who are among the great hopefuls for Germany for the major capital city event in 2009.

The DLV president assessed the support from the Ministry as the highest accolade for the core Olympic sport: “The commemorative coin is a special honour and distinction for us and for the World Championships 2009, but it also reflects both the national and international importance of this sporting event,” Prokop said. “We hope to awaken interest from the general public for the World Championships and for athletics through the commemorative coin and the ideas competition.”

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