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2008 Two Pounds Coin - Olympic Games Handover Ceremony

There is a two pound coin for 2008 to commemorate the Olympic Games Handover Ceremony.

Since 1986. the Royal Mint has issued two pound coins, often with special commemorative themes. For 2008, there is one for the Centenary of the 1908 London Olympic Games. There is also a "definitive" version in addition.

According to the Royal Mint

In 2008 the Royal Mint is striking a new commemorative £2 coin with a specially designed reverse celebrating the Olympic Games Handover Ceremony. The £2 coin is displayed in an attractive folder rich in imagery and information on the Olympic Games Handover Ceremony. The coin is subject to a strict promotional embargo date of 24th August 2008 - The 2008 £2 coin bears a special commemorative design on its reverse - The commemorative coin is displayed in an informative and fully illustrated presentation folder.

The Olympic Games Handover Ceremony £2 in Presentation Folder

The £2 coin for 2008, struck in honour of the Olympic Games Handover Ceremony, displays on its reverse the commemorative design specially created by Royal Mint Engraving Team for this celebration. Produced to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, each coin is presented in a beautifully illustrated folder.

The Olympic Games Handover Ceremony £2 Coin

Celebrating the successful London 2012 bid and symbolising the Handover Ceremony which took place on the 24th August 2008 at the close of the Beijing Olympic Games. The first major event for London 2012 are the Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. At each of these events there will be a cermony to mark the official handover of the Games to the next Host City. The Olympic Flag is passed from the Mayor of Beijing to the Mayor of London, followed by a short performance inviting the world to London for the 2012 Games.

Reverse

The design that graces the reverse is by Royal Mint Engraving Team, who chose as the central feature of the Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo. The words "BEIJING 2008" and "LONDON 2012" surround the design along the outer ring.

Different Versions

  • Ordinary circulation version, which should be available from banks and post offices during the year.
  • Specimen version, issued in Royal Mint folder. This has a superior finish compared with the ordinary coins, so will be preferred by most collectors. the folders are also very attractive and informative, and made interesting and unusual gifts.
  • Silver Proof version, with the outer part gold plated.
  • Piedfort Proof version, similar but made double weight, with a lower mintage.
  • Gold Proof version, bi-coloured in 22 carat gold.

Obverse

The Fourth Portrait
The fourth of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank Broadley, FRBS, FSNAD, whose initials IRB appear under the head, as used on all British coins from 1998.
The legend (inscription) reads:
ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF
TWO POUNDS

Reverse

The reverse shows a simple but pleasing design.
The legend (inscription) reads:
BEIJING 2008
LONDON 2012

Edge
I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

Specifications

DiameterWeightAlloyGold Content
28.4015.97.91660.4707

Notes

Diameter = millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Gold Content = Actual fine gold content in troy ounces.

Prices & Availability

Quantity Premium % Surcharge Rate Buy
1 40.00 £0.00 £802.00 Click here to add this item to your cart

2008 £2 Gold Proof Two Coin Set

You may also be interested in the 2008 £2 Gold Proof Two Coin Set which contains this coin and the 4th Olympiad London 1908 £2 coin.

You may wish to use our order form.

Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10,
Insured Shipping $20
Canada Airmail $15,
Insured Shipping via Fedex $40

2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Two Pound Coin in Box

2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Two Pound Coin in Box

2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Two Pound Certificate

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Obverse of 2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Gold Proof Two Pound

Obverse of 2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Gold Proof Two Pound Certificate

Reverse of 2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Gold Proof Two Pound

Reverse of 2008 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Gold Proof Two Pound Certificate

 


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