Posted by: Idioma Extra | March 28, 2011

Tuesday´s News

Stamp and token mark stadium inauguration


Correos de Costa Rica has issued a commemorative stamp and a metal token to mark the opening of the national stadium.

The stamp bears photos of both the new and the old stadiums in Parque la Sabana.  Both were released Saturday during the stadium’s inauguration. They were available for sale at the stadium. The stamp also comes with a first-day cover and a special cancelation. The stamp has a face value of 1,000 colons or about $2.

The metal token looks like a coin but it has no monetary value. It is produced by the Mint of Costa Rica S.A. The mint, also called Casa de la Moneda, is in Ipís de Goicoechea. It is a private firm not to be confused with the government mint that went out of business in 1949.  The mint’s main customer now is the Banco Central de Costa Rica.

Word of the Day

Origin: before 900; Middle English mynt, Old English mynet  coin < Latin monēta  coin, mint, after the temple of Juno Monēta,  where Roman money was coined
1. a place where coins, paper currency, special medals, etc., are produced under government authority.
2. a place where something is produced or manufactured
3.a vast amount, especially of money: He made a mint in oil wells.
4.Philately . (of a stamp) being in its original, unused condition.
5.unused or appearing to be newly made and never used: a book in mint condition.
–verb (used with object) make (coins, money, etc.) by stamping metal. turn (metal) into coins: to mint gold into sovereigns. make or fabricate; invent: to mint words.

More Vocabulary

Commemorative: adj. intended as a commemoration;  especially: issued in limited quantities for a relatively short period in commemoration of a person, place, or event
Face value: n.
the value that is printed or shown on something (such as a coin or bill)
Token: n.
souvenir, keepsake

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Scheduling an Interview
Request for Repetition/Clarification

Could you repeat that, please?
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