A special commemorative set of coins and medals is to be launched in celebration of The 2014 Ryder Cup after The Royal Mint agreed the first deal of its kind for Ryder Cup Europe.
Sculpted plaster models of the first design of the commemorative programme featuring a sculpted Ryder Cup trophy at its centre with an elaborate background based on a thistle have been presented to Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills. The inscription reads “Ryder Cup Scotland” with the year 2014 draped across the Ryder Cup trophy.
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint is proud to be producing the first-ever official commemorative coins of the Ryder Cup. We have enjoyed a long- running tradition of marking major international sporting events, including the recent production of the Victory medals and official host-nation commemorative coins for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Now, with the unveiling of the official 2014 Ryder Cup commemorative coin, we are delighted that golf fans around the world will be able to own a lasting memento to remind them of this historic event.”
With a history that stretches back more than 1,000 years, The Royal Mint is one of the world’s oldest manufacturing organisations and today makes all circulating coinage for the United Kingdom and over 50 countries all over the world, as well as beautifully crafted commemorative coins and medals. The Royal Mint is known worldwide for its long tradition of craftsmanship, heritage, and artistry.
Richard Hills added: "The commemorative programme announced today demonstrates the significance of The Ryder Cup, which continues to grow in popularity and prestige. The artistry brought to The 2014 Ryder Cup through the Royal Mint’s commemorative coin can only enhance the reputation and reach of the event.”
American Eagle Associates Inc. of Orlando, Florida, is the official Ryder Cup licensee for numismatics and will coordinate the distribution of the special commemorative editions worldwide. Ticket holders to The 2014 Ryder Cup event will have the first opportunity to own the Royal Mint commemorative editions.
Michael J. Carroll, founder of American Eagle Associates, Inc., a leading specialist firm that advises in the development of global numismatic programmes, said: “It is a privilege to participate in commemorating the spirit and ideals of The Ryder Cup, and to provide Scotland and the world with the opportunity to access this global event through the timeless art and artistry of The Royal Mint.
“As the first commemorative programme of its kind, and as a proud Scottish celebration, strong appeal and demand among Ryder Cup fans, sports enthusiasts and avid collectors around the world is expected.”