Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Russia unveils new 100 Ruble banknote Commemorating 2014 Sochi Olympics

Russian Central Bank said Wednesday that it has issued a special banknote edition for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

With 100 days ahead of the opening ceremony of the Games, the bank said it would print 20 million bills of 100-ruble (about 3.1 U.S. dollar) denomination.

Unlike traditional Russian banknotes which have horizontal design, the Olympic bluish bill has vertical design. It depicts a snowboarder and several Sochi Olympic Park's sites.

The Central Bank did not tell if the Olympic banknotes will be in regular circulation or for collectors only as souvenir money.

The 22nd Winter Olympics are slated for Feb. 7-23, 2014 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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