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Sochi Olympics Trivia You Can Show Off

By Marisa Lascala - 2014-02-07T17:03:57Z

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The Olympics Are Literally a License to Print Money

Literally. Starting 100 days before the Games, the Central Bank of Russia started issuing a 100-ruble banknote commemorating the Olympics. The front side of the bill features a snowboarder soaring over a cluster of Olympic venues; in a hologram, you can see the tongues of the Olympic torch. The back side of the note features a firebird flying over the Fisht Stadium. The design of the vertically oriented note was chosen by contest, and the winner was a student at the Repin Institute of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. Russia's also releasing a 25-ruble coin with the Olympic torch on it, as well as a commemorative stamp.

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