The Royal Mint have launched (5th March) the final “countdown” £5 crown coin entitled “Games Time” in gold, silver, and silver piedfort. The innovative Olympic coin series, involving the issue of one coin with the numeral before the actual games was first introduced in 2009 with the numeral “3” and a contemporary design depicting one of the sports which features at the summer games. The following years included a “2” design, followed by the “1”, and the final design without numeral and with three athletes standing on the winner’s podiums arms held high in victory.
The series design is the work of Claire Aldridge, engraver with the Royal Mint. The Games Time design is modern and innovative in its approach. The central element of the design is framed by a border which is unique to the Countdown Coins, inspired by the structure of the Olympic Stadium. Elements of a clock face representing the countdown to Games Time and the London 2012 emblem – in full color – are also incorporated into the design, as is the wording XXX Olympiad and the year date of 2012. The obverse includes the current circulation portrait of the Queen which was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and in use on British coinage since 1998.
The gold, silve,r and silver piedfort coin are all struck to proof quality with a diameter of 38.6 mm. The gold coin is minted in .917 fine with a weight of 39.94 grams and a limited mintage of 3,000 pieces. The silver coin is minted in sterling .925 fine with a weight of 28.2 grams and a mintage of 30,000 pieces. The piedfort example has a weight of 56.6 grams and a limited mintage of 4,000 pieces. All examples include a color application of the official London Olympiad logo for the 2012 games which is positioned to the right of the primary design.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Mint, please visit their new website at: http://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/london-2012/countdown-coins