In 2008 the Royal Mint issued a striking new commemorative £2 coin with a specially designed reverse celebrating the centenary of the 4th Olympiad that was held in London.
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.
Denomination - £2
Metal - Cupro Nickel
Weight - 12 Grams
Diameter - 28.40mm
Condition - Circulated