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London 2012 Olympic Coins From Royal Mint
By Lisa Bellavin

The Royal Mint has unveiled its largest-ever commemorative coin program in honor of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

During the next four years, the Mint will release a range of coins helping to foster excitement and anticipation for the event.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said of the new initiative, "The London Olympic Games is a once in a generation celebration for the whole of the UK, so I am delighted that the Royal Mint is playing its part by launching the London 2012 Olympic Coin Program."

The first of the "Countdown Series" coins will be released in April in gold, silver, silver piedfort and brilliant uncirculated finish.

In addition to this series, the Royal Mint will also issue the first in a new 18-coin silver series entitled "A Celebration of Britain", in June of 2009. These coins are designed to celebrate the history, culture and spirit of the British people. Featured themes will include Stonehenge, Big Ben and the Angel of the North.

Mint Director Dave Knight believes the London games to be a very exciting time for both England and the Mint.

"The London 2012 coin program is our most ambitious commemorative coin program to date," said Knight. "It is a great honor for us to be so intrinsically involved in funding the success of such a prestigious event as the London Olympic Games and we look forward to our continued relationship over the coming four years."

For more information on the Mint's new offerings or to purchase, please visit www.royalmint.com/london2012.


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