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2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« on: November 28, 2009, 07:53:05 AM »
2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins

Whether we like it or not, the 2012 logo will be with us for a while yet.

First, here is an illustration of the logo as printed on the pack of a £5 commemorative coin.

I aim to follow this, in year order (I hope!), with details of base metal coins on which the logo is used and hope to make this more than a list by illustrating as many of them as possible.

It should be noted that in some cases the logo is shown in raised relief and on others it is in blue on the flat field.   Possibly at some stage it will be raised and in colour.   As usual in my descriptions the word 'Circulation' refers to the quality of minting and not to the method of distribution.   I will use the descriptions 'Logo raised' or 'Logo blue'.

Assistance with filling in any gaps, particularly where an entry shows 'unknown' or 'not issued?' would be appreciated; I will add this in the appropriate place to try to complete the record.   If you know of any non-UK coins bearing the logo, please report them here - it might be worth starting a similar topic for 'Other than UK' if we find any, perhaps from the Isle of Man or Channel Islands, or even further afield?

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2008 £2 Beijing Olympic Handover
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009, 07:56:05 AM »
2008 £2 Beijing Olympic Handover

This was probably the first coin to carry the logo.   Full details of it are given under the £2 bimetallic topic here.

Circulation: Logo raised.  BU: unknown.

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2009 £5 Big Ben 150 years
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009, 07:59:46 AM »
2009 £5 Big Ben 150 years

This is the only coin, from a series of Silver Proofs, which has also been produced in base metal.

Circulation: not issued?  BU: not issued?  Proof: Logo blue.

The coin illustrated is still in its protective packing.

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2009 £5 Countdown 3 Swimming
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009, 12:42:03 PM »
2009 £5 Countdown 3 Swimming

The first of the 'Countdown' series, 3 - 2 - 1 - will there be a 0?

Circulation: unknown.  BU: Logo raised.  Proof: not issued?

Illustrated is one of the '£5 for £5' BU coins which I have been carrying loose in my pocket.

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2009 50p Blue Peter High Jump
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2009, 12:49:31 PM »
2009 50p Blue Peter High Jump

Issued following a competition in the Blue Peter TV programme.

Circulation: Logo raised.  BU: not issued?  Proof: not issued?

The example illustrated is still in its protective packaging.

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2010 £5 Countdown 2 Athletics
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2009, 01:16:05 PM »
2010 £5 Countdown 2 Athletics

The second of the 3 - 2 - 1 series.   The publicity leaflet suggests that there will be a 2012 issue, which would be 'year 0'.   I assume that the same qualities will be minted as for 2009.

Circulation: unknown.  BU: Logo raised.  Proof: not issued?

Illustration from the Royal Mint leaflet.

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Re: 2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2009, 06:54:35 AM »
£5 'Countdown' series.   The full plan seems to be:-

2009 - Swimming

2010 - Running

2011 - Cycling

2012 - The Winners' Rostrum

Any more information will be posted as I find it.

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Re: 2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 01:46:06 AM »
Getting the public excited about the 2012 Olympics?

So far, I haven't found even one of these coins in circulation!

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2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 05:32:42 PM »
Getting the public excited about the 2012 Olympics?

So far, I haven't found even one of these coins in circulation!

May be government is also not so excited about Olympics! :D >:D

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2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2010, 10:21:10 PM »
Here, taken from the London Gazette 14 May 2010 is the list of twenty seven 50-pence coins in cupro-nickel for the Olympic Games.   Please note that I have edited out some parts, but you can read the complete notice if you follow the link. 

BY THE QUEEN
A PROCLAMATION
DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGNS FOR
FIFTY PENCE COINS COMMEMORATING THE LONDON 2012
OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES
ELIZABETH R.

Whereas under section 3(1)(a), (b), (c), (cc), (d) and (dd) of the Coinage
Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by
Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and
dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight
and fineness of certain gold coins, the remedy to be allowed in the
making of such coins and their least current weight, and to determine
the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of
silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the
making of such coins and to determine the percentage of impurities
which such coins may contain:
And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate
the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, there should be
made at Our Mint new coins of the denomination of fifty pence in
gold and in cupro-nickel:
We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)(a), (b), (c), (cc),
(d) and (dd), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do
hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct
and ordain as follows:
.
CUPRO-NICKEL COIN
2. (1) A new coin of cupro-nickel of the denomination of fifty pence
shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a
standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of
seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and
being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.
(2) In the making of the said cupro-nickel coin a remedy (that is, a
variation from the standard weight, composition or dimensions specified
above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following,
that is to say:
(a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin
(measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme
of the coin) of 0.045 grammes;
(b) a variation from the said standard composition of two per centum
copper and two per centum nickel; and
(c) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres
per coin.
(3) The said cupro-nickel coin may contain impurities of three-quarters
of one per centum.
DESIGN OF THE COINS
3. The design of the said coins shall be as follows:
‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription
“ELIZABETH • II • D • G REG • F • D • ” and the date of the year,
and for the reverse either:
(a) a design which depicts a swimmer submerged in water, with the
London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(b) a design which depicts a bow being drawn, with the London 2012
Paralympic logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(c) a design which depicts a shuttlecock and a diagram of badminton
actions, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below;
(d) a design which depicts basketball players against the textured
background of a large basketball, with the London 2012 logo above
and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(e) a design which depicts a boccia player in a wheelchair throwing a
ball, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the
denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(f) a design which depicts a pair of boxing gloves against the
background of a boxing ring, with the London 2012 logo above and
the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(g) a design which depicts a figure in a canoe on a slalom course, with
the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”,
below;
(h) a design which depicts a horse and rider jumping over a fence,
with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below;
(i) a design which depicts two figures fencing, with the London 2012
logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(j) a diagrammatic explanation of the offside rule in football, with the
London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(k) a design which depicts a goalball player throwing a ball, with the
London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below;
(l) a design which depicts a gymnast with a ribbon, with the London
2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(m) a design which depicts a handball player throwing a ball against
the background of a handball court, with the London 2012 logo above
and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(n) a design which depicts two hockey players challenging for the ball,
with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below;
(o) a depiction of a judo throw, with the London 2012 logo above
and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(p) a montage of the five sports which form the modern pentathlon,
with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below;
(q) a design which depicts a rowing boat accompanied by a number
of words associated with the Olympic movement, with the London
2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(r) a design which depicts three sailing boats accompanied by a map
of the coast of Weymouth, with the London 2012 logo above and the
denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(s) a design which depicts a figure shooting, with the London 2012
logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(t) a design which depicts two table tennis bats against the background
of a table and net, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and
the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(u) a design which depicts two athletes engaged in Taekwondo, with
the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”,
below;
(v) a design which depicts a tennis net and a tennis ball, with the
London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(w) a montage of the three sports which form the triathlon, with the
London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”, below;
(x) a design which depicts three figures playing beach volleyball, with
the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”,
below;
(y) a design which depicts the outline of a weightlifter starting a lift,
with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below;
(z) a design which depicts a wheelchair rugby player in action, with
the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, “50
PENCE”, below; or
(aa) a design which depicts two figures wrestling in a stadium, with
the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, “50 PENCE”,
below.
The coins shall have a plain edge’.
4. This Proclamation shall come into force on the twelfth day of May
Two thousand and ten.
Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this eleventh day of May
in the year of our Lord Two thousand and ten and in the fifty-ninth
year of Our Reign.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

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2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2010, 07:03:36 PM »
New Olympic 50p Designed by Public Unveiled Today

Today, on the 41st anniversary of the 50p becoming a UK circulating coin, the Royal Mint has revealed 29 new Olympic and Paralympic 50p coin designs to collect. The new designs are the result of a nationwide competition with members of the public submitting nearly 30,000 designs for consideration. The competition, launched in January 2009, was the biggest national competition the Royal Mint has ever undertaken and offered the nation the opportunity to design a coin of the realm. The coins feature each of the 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports to be contested during London 2012.

The uncirculated collectable versions of the 29 new designs will be made available to purchase over the coming 9 months. The first eight sports released this month to purchase are: Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey and Rowing. The next set of eight coins will be made available to purchase direct from the Royal Mint from next month. The remaining thirteen coins will then be released from the end of this year until the start of summer in 2011.

Prior to these new 29 designs, there have only been 16 designs to appear on the UK’s circulating 50p coins since their introduction in 1969 as part of decimalisation. Adding to the historical significance of the series are two firsts in the Royal Mint’s 1,100 year history: The first time a child and a teenager have designed a UK circulating coin, the Athletics and Cycling coins respectively.

The 29 designs were created by 27 members of the public from across the country, two of which managed to secure two winning designs. The final coin designs were chosen anonymously by a panel made up of independent experts, representatives of the Royal Mint, London 2012 and the International Olympic Committee.  Like all UK coins, the selection received final approval from the Treasury and Her Majesty The Queen. Every winner received a unique gold 50p coin of their own design, which will be the only one made.

Dave Knight, the Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin, said: “Every one of the winners is making history. Their coins will become treasured mementos of the biggest sporting event to happen on UK shores for over half a century and we hope will encourage a new generation of collectors.

“Every coin captures the spirit, excitement and passion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In isolation each is a work of art, together they are an inspirational portrait of a sporting phenomenon. The Royal Mint is immensely proud to be part of London 2012 and we’re thrilled that this competition has enabled the general public to play a part too.”

The 29 Sporting 50ps are all official products of London 2012 and feature the London 2012 logo on the reverse. The designs will be found on up to 87 million 50p coins in people's change starting this October, as the series goes into general circulation.

Alternatively you can visit www.royalmint.com/sportscollection or call 0845 60 88 222 to purchase the BU range. Each coin comes in a specially designed London 2012 pack and will retail for £2.99 + P&P.

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Re: 2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2010, 07:55:14 PM »
oh well, this isn't real  :o
yet another 29 coins to chase....

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Re: 2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2010, 10:04:49 AM »
It all depends on whether you want to chase them. Chances are that in a couple of years time, they will be easy to pick up, maybe even at lower cost. It wouldn't be the first time. I have quite a few Olympics commemoratives in my collection I bought below issue cost, notably those of Russia 1978/79 and Canada 1976 (my candidate for the ugliest Olympics coin series.)

At issue, these pieces are hyped, but the interest in them proves short term often enough for a glut afterwards. The only Olympics issue that I can think of that did not fail in the long run is Finland 1951. It had a much smaller mintage and there was only one type. Yet, just about any Scandinavian dealer has it in stock.

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Re: 2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2010, 11:29:42 AM »
The only Olympics issue that I can think of that did not fail in the long run is Finland 1951. It had a much smaller mintage and there was only one type. Yet, just about any Scandinavian dealer has it in stock.

Guess that the Finnish coin did not "fail" also because it was the very first one. And the 1951 issue had a much lower mintage than the 1952 issue (same design). Finland even issued a €10 piece in 2002 to commemorate the 1952 Olympics and the coin issued back then. :)

Nowadays "Olympic" pieces (or other issues about sports events) are primarily fundraisers. That may be a little different with those 50p coins, at least with the ones that are issued for circulation. But I still believe there are too many London 2012 issues - if you want to have them all and have them now, it will be quite expensive, and in several years many collectors won't care any more ...

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Re: 2012 London Olympics Logo on Coins
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2010, 06:44:34 PM »
I am a patience man, so will looking these on trading and from circulation  :D