1908 - 2008 London Olympics Centenary Gold Proof Two Pound Coin
In 2008 the United Kingdom Royal Mint is issuing a £2 coin to commemorate the centenary of the 1908 London Olympics (4th Modern Olympiad).
According to a Press Release:
Press Release: London 2012 and Royal Mint to produce 1908 Olympic Games Commemorative Coin
London 2012 and Royal Mint to produce 1908 Olympic Games Commemorative Coin
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games has finalised a deal with the Royal Mint to issue a new commemorative £2 coin for 2008 celebrating the centenary of the 1908 London Olympic Games.
The deal with the Royal Mint is part of LOCOG's licensing strategy, and the licensing royalties paid to LOCOG will contribute to the £2 billion cost of hosting and staging the Games. This budget will be raised privately through a mix of international and domestic sponsorship, broadcasting rights, merchandising, licensing and ticket sales.
Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG commented:
"This is an exciting deal, and the forerunner to our commemorative coin programme. We are delighted to be working with the Royal Mint, with its international reputation. The centenary anniversary of the 1908 London Games will be a perfect reminder of the excitement and impact the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will have in London in 2012."
Andrew Stafford, Chief Executive and Deputy Master of the Royal Mint commented:
"I am delighted that the Royal Mint is playing its part in helping to celebrate the UK's long involvement in the Olympic Games. We are thrilled to be minting commemorative coins to mark the centenary of the 1908 Olympic Games which captured the imagination of the world just as the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will"
The limited edition 4th Olympiad London Anniversary commemorative £2 Coin will be available to buy from www.royalmint.com or by calling the Royal Mint on 0845 6088 222. Selected products will be available to buy in December but the full range will not be launched until the new year.
To mark the first London Olympic Games held in 1908 the British Olympic Association will be running a full schedule of 1908 commemorative events and celebrations to take place throughout 2008. These will include a Marathon Celebration, a 1908 Olympic Exhibition, a Polo Final, a Tug of War event and a Rugby Final.
In addition to the gold proof versions which will be offered on this site, the £2 is is certain to be produced in the following different versions, further details of which are shown on our
other web site.
- 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 make 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.
Diameter = millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Gold Content = Actual fine gold content in troy ounces.
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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 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony £2 coin.
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UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
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Reverse of 2008 London 1908 Olympics Gold Proof Two Pounds
2008 London Olympics Two Pound Coin in Presentation box
2008 London Olympics Two Pound Coin Certificate
Obverse of 2008 London 1908 Olympics Gold Proof Two Pounds