After seven years of intense preparation, this evening sees the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games with what promises to be a spectacular opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. The sense of anticipation felt across the nation has been building steadily ever since it was announced in July 2005 that London would follow Beijing in 2008 and host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
As the Games have drawn closer the excitement has increased inexorably, no doubt enhanced since May this year with the Torch Relay travelling across the length and breadth of the British Isles; an event that has captured the imaginations of millions.
Many hundreds of thousands of people have already sought out coin issues celebrating the events in recognition of what a momentous couple of weeks in the nation’s history that London 2012 will be and so that the memory of them can be preserved for future generations.
This mass excitement has served to create exceptional demand within the market for these London 2012 issues, such as for the first ever United Kingdom 5oz Silver Proof Coin, the Olympic Silver Proof £5 Coin and notably the London 2012 50p Sports Coins.
Now that the Games are finally about to begin, this demand is likely to increase even further as billions of people worldwide tune in to cheer on their nation’s athletes.