The banknote and a commemorative Olympic and Paralympic coin sets have been presented at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort near Sochi in the presence of International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials. A total of 47,000 collectors’ coins will be issues, Central Bank Vice President Georgy Luntovsky said at the ceremony:
"Our coins have already been recognized as the world’s best. But it’s the Olympic banknote that will go into circulation exactly 100 days before the Games that will definitely be a hit."
The banknote was designed by a team of Goznak artists led by Alexander Baklanov. The idea of the flying snowboarder belongs to Pavel Bushuyev, a student of the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. It will be Russia’s first banknote with a vertically-placed image. Both the banknote and the Olympic coins depicting various Olympic sports venues for the 2014 Sochi Games will be issued in sufficient quantity for people to buy them as a keepsake. Dmitry Chernyshenko is President of the Sochi-2014 Olympic Games Organizing Committee:
"What is most important for us, the organizers, is that these wonderful coins are the most wished-for and most reliable long-term storage artifacts. There are so many of them, and all so different to suit any taste."
The head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission Jean-Claude Killy said he hoped that the commemorative coins for the Sochi Games would go down in history as one of the finest and be the pride of numismatists.