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An Olympic tradition since the ancient Games, the commemorative coins have been formally organised as collectors’ items since the Helsinki 1952 Games. The Rio 2016 Games edition, the first coin collection package in Brazilian history.
The Brazilian Central Bank created 36 commemorative coins in order to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The package includes sixteen R$1 coins for regular circulation, and a further four gold and 16 silver coins.
Two running athletes wearing blades. The blades are transtibial prostheses, meaning they replace legs and feet that are amputated below the knee. They were developed by medical engineer Van Phillips and designed to store kinetic energy like a spring, allowing the wearer to jump and run effectively.
Numerical denomination and date surrounded by geometric patterns and Southern Cross.