The Olympic spirit grips the nation after the astounding success of Team GB

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The popular UK Olympic Games 5oz Silver Proof Coin – the first ever UK 5oz coin issued.

With the London 2012 Olympic Games now having officially come to an end with a breathtaking closing ceremony, it is certainly fair to say that it has been an incredible couple of weeks for Great Britain. 

Following Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony, Team GB has gone on to rouse the hearts and souls of the nation with the biggest Olympic haul of medals in over 100 years.  The degree to which the Olympic spirit has been embraced in the last couple of weeks by people all across the UK has perhaps come as a surprise to even the most ardent supporter of the Games.

This jubilation has manifested itself in numerous ways.  From the fervent support at all the packed sporting venues, to the issue of 29 Royal Mail ‘winners’ stamps and the appearance of many gold painted post boxes throughout the land.

As we anticipated just before the start of the Games, this heightened enthusiasm has also fed through to the numismatic world as demand for London 2012 coins has soared, both in domestic and international markets.

Despite the Olympic Games now having passed, demand should remain high as we build towards the start of the Paralympic Games on 29th August that will hopefully see equally great success for Great Britain’s Paralympians.

Even beyond this, it has been announced in the last few days that the 10th September will see around 900 of Team GB’s Olympians and Paralympians parade through London in front of an expected crowd of millions.  This will be an apt culmination of a summer of celebration for the capital and the nation as a whole.

With that in mind, demand is expected to remain high for the official London 2012 coins, as collectors take their final opportunity to secure these historic issues, before The Royal Mint remove them from sale at the end of 2012.


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