Marking the Centenary of the London Olympic Games of 1908

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Specifications

Issued 2008
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12g
Composition Outer: nickel-brass 76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc
Composition Inner: Cupro-nickel 75% copper, 25% nickel
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse The Royal Mint engraving team
Edge Milled
Inscription The 4th Olympiad London
Mintage 910,000
 

Design details:


The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896, the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. His dream was to bring together people of the world in a spirit of friendly competition where leading athletes could strive for victory and personal excellence. Since then, the Olympic Games have become the greatest festival of sport in the world. The first time they were held in London was in 1908 at the purpose-built stadium in White City and to celebrate the centenary of those Games The Royal Mint struck a commemorative 2 coin. Designed by Royal Mint engraver, Thomas T Docherty, the 2 coin featured a running track, an image that is strongly associated with the Olympic Games. The anniversary date of 1908 is positioned within the track, with the words LONDON OLYMPIC CENTENARY encircling the design. The incuse edge inscription, THE 4TH OLYMPIAD LONDON, completes the design.
 

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