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The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. It’s been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in the war years of 1942 and 1946. The next tournament takes place this year in Brazil, but preparations are not proceeding well and much of the unrest in Brazil at the moment was kicked off by revelations about the cost of hosting this tournament, and the Olympics in 2016.

Football is the worlds most popular sport and the World Cup finals are a sporting event unrivalled anywhere. It was said that the 2010 World Cup finals were watched by a cumulative 26 Billion people, around 400m per match, with the final watched by over 700m people. Interest is almost universal with each of the 32 attendees fighting through a group stage and then knockout rounds to win sports biggest prize.

The 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they’re the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy, with four titles; West Germany, with three titles; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each.

CURVED GOLD AND SILVER

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The two curved coins are the show-stoppers of the range. Very similar in size and shape to the smash-hit Baseball Hall of Fame coins from the United States Mint, the gold and silver coins have the same diameter but are different in weight because of the denser nature of the former. Both are superb looking pieces and if there’s any justice they’ll be big hits.

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FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
200 EUROS 0.999 Au 31.104g 37.0mm PROOF 500
10 EUROS 0.900 Ag 22.20g 37.0mm PROOF 10,000

MINT DESCRIPTION

The Football World Cup™ or FIFA World Cup™ is an international football competition taking place every four years. It was created in 1928. It is open to all national teams recognized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). This year, the graphic concept combines two different elements : the representation of Brazil and of the  Maracanã stadium magnified by the use of the dome shape striking on the two 37mm coins (1 Oz gold and €10 Silver).

OBVERSE: depicts a map of Brazil delimited by stylized elements of flora and fauna. In the middle of the country map, the competitions logo and official name are represented.

REVERSE: represents the Maracanã stadium in aerial view. The name of the stadium, the name of the competition and the RF mention are inscribed on the roof of the stadium. On the foreground, a ball on which the face value is written, springs from the stadium.

THE GOLD 5-OUNCE MONSTER

The flagship coin in the range, if not the attention seeker, this huge and pricey €8,775 ($12,200, £7195) coin isn’t curved like the 37mm ones, but with a mintage of just 99 pieces, it’s a desirable piece regardless.

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
500 EUROS 0.999 Au 155.5g 50.0mm PROOF 99

THE GOLD FRACTIONALS

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Like the big five-ounce beast, the quarter-ounce coin (above) and the half-gram coin (below) are both flat. The 1/4oz also has the distinction of being the only gold coin not struck in 0.999 gold, instead being struck in a European favourite, 0.920. The former retails at €440 ($612, £361) and the dinky little 0.5g round at a wallet friendly €66 ($92, £54). 

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FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
50 EUROS 0.920 Au 8.45g 22.0mm PROOF 3,000
5 EUROS 0.999 Au 0.5g 11.0mm PROOF 5,000

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