Brazil to issue World Cup commemorative coins

Handhout picture released on Dec 13, 2013 by the Central Bank of Brazil showing a 10 Reals gold coin (S$5.4), reading "Copa do Mundo da Fifa - Brasil 2014" (Fifa World Cup - Brazil 2014). -- PHOTO: AFP
Handhout picture released on Dec 13, 2013 by the Central Bank of Brazil showing a 10 Reals gold coin (S$5.4), reading "Copa do Mundo da Fifa - Brasil 2014" (Fifa World Cup - Brazil 2014). -- PHOTO: AFP

BRASILIA (AFP) - Brazil's Central Bank on Friday announced plans to issue a set of nine commemorative coins for the 2014 World Cup.

The set, to be released on January 24, will comprise one gold coin, two in silver and six in an alloy of copper and nickel.

The gold coin weighing 4.4. grams will have a nominal value of 10 reais (S$5.4) but will be sold for 1180 reais.

It will represent the Cup trophy and a player scoring a goal. Some 5,000 will be minted, the bank said.

Those in silver will have a value of five reais and a weight of 27 grams.

One will represent Fuleco, the 2014 World Cup mascot, and the other the 12 host cities. They will be sold for 190 reais apiece and 20,000 of each will be sold.

The six cupronickel versions, each with a value of 2 reais and a weight of 10.17 grams, will cost 30 reais.

They will represent a dribble, a header or a penalty kick and 20,000 copies of each will be minted.