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Poland 2006 Turin Winter Olympics 2 Zlote Biathlon Nordic Gold Proof-Like BU

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This attractive, inexpensive coin depicts the biathlon, with two athletes skiing and shooting.

Sold out at the Mint! The mint of Poland has released a special, four coin program to commemorate the 2006 Winter Olympiad. Each of the four coins depicts a popular winter Olympic sport, including ice skating, ski jumping, snowboarding and American biathlete Jeremy Teela firing his rifle during the 2006 Turin (Torino) Winter Olympicsbiathlon. The 2006 Winter Olympics are being held in Turin. This northern Italian city is also known as Torino (in Italian) and Turyn (in Polish).

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Poland at the Olympics

The Polish Olympic Committee was created in 1918, and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1919. Poland first participated at the Paris Summer Olympic Games in 1924, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympics since then, except for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, when they participated in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Poland has also participated in every Winter Olympic Games. Polish athletes have won a total of 261 medals, with track and field their most successful sport.

Poland had a particularly good run at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, winning two medals: one silver, by Tomasz Sikor in men's biathlon, and one bronze, by Justyna Kowalczak in women's cross-country skiing. Although this might not sound impressive by North American standards, it was the most medals Poland has ever won at a winter Olympics.

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Obverse
Here is how you do the biathlon - you ski, then you shoot your rifle! Two athletes are depicted competing in the biathlon, one while skiing cross country, and the other while aiming and firing his rifle at the target. The Polish legends XX ZIMOWE IGRZYSKA OLIMPIJSKIE and TURYN 2006 translate as “20th Winter Olympic Games” and  “Turin 2006” respectively.

Reverse
The crowned white eagle, the national emblem of Poland, with the year of issue, the denomination and the legend RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA ("Republic of Poland").

Specifications
Country Poland
Year of Issue 2006
Issuing Authority   National Bank of Poland
 
Face Value 2 Zloty
Weight 8.15 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit 1,200,000
 
Finish Proof-Like Brilliant Uncirculated (BU)
Composition Nordic Gold, a four metal alloy consisting of copper, aluminum, tin and zinc, that looks like real gold and does not tarnish easily
Edge Lettered. "NBP" (for “National Bank of Poland") repeated eight times around the edge, each time rotated 180 degrees from the previous “NBP”.

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