Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the coin depicts a snowboarder in action. The background features a stylized design of traces left in the snow, reminiscent of the typical domes of Russian orthodox churches.
On the reverse, the background includes a world globe pointing towards the town of Sochi, as a nod to the Winter Olympics of 2014. In the foreground, a snowboarder makes a jump. The snowboard carries a Cyrillic inscription meaning «Monnaie de Paris».
A brief annotation
For several years, Monnaie de Paris has featured Winter and Summer Games sports. It is now the turn of snowboarding to be honored with a collectible coin. This winter sport has been recognized since 1998 as an Olympic event and one in which France is ranked number one in the world. Two French women have won the most medals: the sadly missed Karine Ruby with 10, and Isabelle Blanc with 5. The FIS Snowboard World Championships are held every two years and, in March 2013, will take place in Canada. This coin also celebrates the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.