• 1 Real 2015, KM# 709, Brazil, Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Volleyball
  • 1 Real 2015, KM# 709, Brazil, Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Volleyball
Description

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.

Obverse

Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964. Beach volleyball was introduced at the Summer Olympic Games in the 1992 Games as a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996.

On February 9, 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts (USA), William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director, created a new game called Mintonette as a pastime to be played (preferably) indoors and by any number of players. The game took some of its characteristics from tennis and handball. Another indoor sport, basketball, was catching on in the area, having been invented just ten miles (sixteen kilometers) away in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, only four years before. Mintonette was designed to be an indoor sport, less rough than basketball, for older members of the YMCA, while still requiring a bit of athletic effort. After an observer, Alfred Halstead, noticed the volleying nature of the game at its first exhibition match in 1896, played at the International YMCA Training School (now called Springfield College), the game quickly became known as volleyball (it was originally spelled as two words: "volley ball").

BRASIL
RIO 2016

Reverse

Numerical denomination and date surrounded by geometric patterns and Southern Cross.

Crux is a constellation located in the southern sky in a bright portion of the Milky Way, and is the smallest but one of the most distinctive of the 88 modern constellations. Its name is Latin for cross, and it is dominated by a cross-shaped or kite-like asterism that is commonly known as the Southern Cross.

1
REAL
2015

Edge

1 Real

KM# 709 Schön# 219
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Bronze Plated Steel
Center Stainless Steel
Weight 7 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Casa da Moeda do Brasil (CMB)

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