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
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
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