The Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) has released new collector coins that mark the 2021 Alpine Skiing Championships, hosted in the Northern Italian city of Cortina. It is for this reason that this particular area was chosen to host the annual FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.
Despite the current world pandemic, more than 600 athletes representing 71 nations competed on an international level for 13 titles and events. To date, the FIS Alpine Skiing Championships, an annual event since 1967, hosted in Cortina, Italy, was the largest sports competition held since the coronavirus pandemic gripped much of the world towards the end of 2019. Held from the 8th to the 21st February, the Cortina 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships came to a conclusion in fine style on the last day of competition when Norway’s Sebastian Foss-Solevaag took the coveted gold in the men’s slalom. The 29-year-old showed complete mastery of both the steep upper section of the piste and the softer, lower run-in to secure Norway’s first world championship slalom gold since 1997.
The silver FDC quality coins are designed by Silvia Petrassi. On the obverse side in the foreground, is the image of a stylised skier engaged in a giant slalom, which is one of the main competitions in alpine skiing. In the background are the Tofanes, the Dolomites’ imposing mountain range near Cortina d’Ampezzo. Below the primary design is the inscription REPUBBLICA ITALIANA placed along the lower edge. On the left of the inscription is the name of the designer PETRASSI.
On the reverse side is an off-centre inclusion of the Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo official logo, which includes colour. Above the logo and denomination of 5 EURO is greater detail of the Dolomites with the year of issue, 2021, on the left. To the right of the logo is the mintmark R identifying the Mint of Rome, and below the primary design is the commemorative text FIS Alpine World Ski Championship.
|FDC with applied colour
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a branded IPZS case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For more information about this coin and other coins available from the Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS), please visit their website.