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Silver and Gold Coins Commemorate Centennial of Tour de France
Tour de France Centenary Coins

Americans will soon be cheering for Lance Armstrong to win the "Crown Jewel of Cycling," the Tour de France, for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. When the race is staged from July 5-27, it will have particular significance, marking the 100th anniversary of this international competition.

The story of Lance Armstrong is a tale of great human achievement. Just before his 25th birthday, Armstrong announced that he had testicular cancer. Soon after, his European sponsor terminated his contract, but in a few months he became affiliated with the United States Postal Service cycling team. Armstrong went on to win the Tour de France in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002; in 2002 he deservedly was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

France won the Tour de France in each of the first six years, from 1903-8, but has not won since 1985. The only other American winner was Greg Lemond, who was victorious in 1986, 1989 and 1990.

The proof euro coins commemorating the Centenary of the Tour de France feature an unusual design -- a modern cyclist above the reflection of a cyclist of yesterday, separated by a piece of bicycle chain. The 1 ½ euro silver coin contains 22.2 gm. of 900 fine silver (mintage limited to 150,000); the 20 euro gold coin contains 17 gm. of 920 fine gold (mintage limited to 5,000). They are available for $49 and $495 respectively from PandaAmerica, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503. Click here to order online or call (800) 472-6327 or e-mail

Note: Monnaie de Paris has announced that these gold coins have already sold out, but PandaAmerica still has some available.

Prepared by Mel Wacks

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