With the London 2012 Games rapidly approaching, the Royal Mint has unveiled the design of the new 2012 London Games Official UK £5 Coin.
The coin is a significant part of the ongoing official coin programme of London 2012, which was launched in 2009 and has proven to be exceptionally popular with the general public and numismatists alike. In fact, the 2009 London 2012 Countdown Coin was the first UK Silver £5 Crown to ever sell out.
Saiman Miah, a student from the Birmingham School of Architecture, had his design selected for the 2012 coin. It features features the London sky line and the River Thames within a central circle. Iconic buildings depicted include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and the Tower of London, with London 2012 arching above. The outer ring of the design features pictograms representing various Olympic sports which are synonymous with the London 2012 Games.
No doubt, with the release of this coin, numismatic interest in this historic event is likely to increase around the general excitement in the lead up to the opening of the 30th Olympiad in July. With coins bearing this design being released in cupro-nickel, silver and gold variations by the Royal Mint, sell-outs are to be expected. Indeed, with the nation also celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, those looking to secure any coins of interest for these momentous events would be well advised to do so before it’s too late.