London 2012 Countdown Coin sell-outs Announced

01 Apr 2010

The Royal Mint is thrilled to announce the sell-out of both its 2009 Piedfort and Silver 2012 Olympic Countdown Coins. The Royal Mint has experienced overwhelming demand for its 2012 Olympic & Paralympic range – which at this stage of the countdown makes it the best-selling Olympic coin programme in history.

All 6,000 of the 2009 Piedfort Countdown coins have sold out - taking the title of biggest selling Piedfort coin in the Royal Mint’s 1,100 year history. Combined with the sell-out of the 30,000 Silver Countdown coins, this represents a notable achievement for the Royal Mint and demonstrates the wide appeal the Countdown coins hold.

Sales of the gold Proof Countdown coins are progressing well, with only a small number remaining for national and international collectors keen to own this historic and unique collection. With the sell-out of the Piedfort and Silver coins, the demand to own the last of the three coins in the 2009 collection is evermore present and the Royal Mint advises that those hoping to own this piece of history should move quickly to avoid disappointment.

This announcement follows last year’s sell-out of the 2008 Beijing – London Handover coin in all three precious metals (Gold, Silver and Piedfort). The two sell-outs are testament to the international demand and enthusiasm to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coins, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the way the Countdown Coin range has been embraced by collectors around the world. Demand has been strong with each introduction and this is sure to increase as we get closer to London 2012. There is great excitement around the return of the Olympic Games to London and the Royal Mint is honoured to be able to offer people the chance to commemorate this historical event with our coin programme – truly exceptional keepsakes to last a lifetime."

March saw the release of the new 2010 Countdown range and initial demand has been strong, indicating that the new coins are destined to be every bit as successful as their predecessors. Move fast to get yours now! Visit www.royalmint.com/london2012 to see the full 2012 Olympic & Paralympic range and start collecting your own piece of history.

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For further information or to purchase a coin, please visit www.royalmint.com/london2012, write to: The Royal Mint, FREEPOST, NAT23496, PO Box 500,Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8YT, or call the Royal Mint Customer Services Team on:

  • 0845 60 88 222 (Customers in the UK and Ireland)

  • International FREEPHONE 01-866-519-7298 (USA)

  • International FREEPHONE 1-866-924-0861 (Canada)

Sold-out coin specifications are as follows:

The 2009 UK Countdown to London 2012 £5 Piedfort Proof Coin

Specifications

Alloy

Sterling silver

Production Standard

Proof

Denomination

£5

Issuing Authority / Country

UK

Diameter

38.61mm

Weight

56.56g

Year Date

2009

Maximum Coin Mintage

6,000

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse Designer

Claire Aldridge

Additional features

London 2012 logo features in colour (blue)

The 2009 UK Countdown to London 2012 £5 Silver Proof Coin

Specifications

Alloy

Sterling silver

Production Standard

Proof

Denomination

£5

Issuing Authority / Country

UK

Diameter

38.61mm

Weight

28.28g

Year Date

2009

Maximum Coin Mintage

30,000

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse Designer

Claire Aldridge

Additional features

London 2012 logo features in colour (blue)

For media enquiries, please contact the Royal Mint Press Office on 020 7853 2390.

  • The Royal Mint has a history dating back over 1000 years. By the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812, the Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in Llantrisant, South Wales.

  • There were estimated to be 28.2 billion United Kingdom coins in circulation at 31 March 2009, with a total face value of £3.6 billion – all manufactured by the Royal Mint

  • 1.3 billion United Kingdom coins were issued during 2008-09

  • Of the higher denomination coins, it is the 20p piece that is most in demand – with more than 2.4 billion now in circulation

  • Of the higher denomination coins, it is the 20p piece that is most in demand – with more than 2.3 billion now in circulation.