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The 2008 Handover Ceremony £2 Coins

Beitrag von dbl » 27. August 2008 05:45

Olympic handover coin launched

The £2 coin celebrates the UK's custodianship of the Olympic Games
The Royal Mint has unveiled a £2 coin to mark the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.

The coin was presented by London Mayor Boris Johnson to the Mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong, on Sunday.

The design of the limited edition coin shows two hands passing the Olympic flag, encircled by the words "Beijing 2008" and "London 2012".

It is the first legal tender UK coin to display the Olympic emblem and the first to show the London 2012 logo.

Mr Johnson said giving it to Mr Guo on behalf of London was "a great honour, matched only by the enormous privilege of receiving the Olympic flag at Beijing's fantastic closing ceremony".

"Together they mark the beginning of one of the most exciting periods in the long and colourful history of our wonderful capital city."

The other side of the coin features Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of the Queen.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said: "The sale of mementoes of this kind are a tradition of the Olympic and Paralympic movement and one that London 2012 and the Royal Mint will continue with the release of over the four years leading up to the 2012 Games."

Source: BBC
The Royal Mint hat geschrieben:The legal tender £2 coin features on its reverse the Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo. This design has been created by the Royal Mint Engraving Team and has been authorised by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Surrounding the central design are the words 'BEIJING 2008' and 'LONDON 2012' along its outer ring, set against a backdrop of lines reminiscent of an athletics track.

The edge of the Handover Ceremony £2 coin features the inscription I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD.
Picture: The Royal Mint
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Re: The 2008 Handover Ceremony £2 Coins

Beitrag von dbl » 27. August 2008 06:06

Presentation Pack

Denomination: £2
Diameter: 28.40mm
Weight: 12.00g
Alloy - Inner: Cupro-nickel
Alloy - Outer: Nickel-brass
Issue Limit: A total of 250,000 coins will be struck

-Contains a Brilliant Uncirculated £2 coin housed in a beautifully illustrated presentation pack
-The first ever United Kingdom coin to feature the Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo
-Minted to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
-The obverse bears the portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
-Presented in a pack featuring an official London 2012 holographic security device

Picture and description: The Royal Mint
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Re: The 2008 Handover Ceremony £2 Coins

Beitrag von dbl » 27. August 2008 06:14

£2 silver proof

Diameter: 28.40mm
Weight: 12.00g
Alloy - Inner: .925 sterling silver
Alloy - Outer:plated with fine gold
Issue Limit: 30,000


- The first ever United Kingdom coin to feature the Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo
- Struck in .925 sterling silver to impeccable Proof quality
- Outer ring plated with fine gold
- Low issue limit of just 20,000**
- The obverse bears the portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
- Authorised by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- Housed in an attractive black presentation case featuring an official London 2012 holographic security device
- Complete with a Certificate of Authenticity

** Taken from a total coin mintage of 30,000
Picture and description: The Royal Mint.
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Re: The 2008 Handover Ceremony £2 Coins

Beitrag von dbl » 27. August 2008 06:24

£2 Gold proof

Denomination: £2
Diameter: 28.40mm
Weight: 15.976g
Alloy - Inner:22 carat yellow gold
Alloy - Outer: 22 carat red gold
Issue Limit: 3,250

-The first ever United Kingdom coin to feature the Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo
-Strict issue limit of 3,000*
-Struck in 22 carat red and yellow gold
-Produced to exceptional Proof quality
-The obverse bears the portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
-Authorised by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
-Housed in a high quality walnut-veneer case featuring an official London 2012 holographic security device
Accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity
* Taken from a total coin mintage of 3,250

Picture and description: The Royal Mint.
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