Coin "The Official Olympic Coin"

Официальная олимпийская монета

Name The Official Olympic Coin
Presented by The Royal Mint
Nominal value 1000 Pounds
Metal Gold 999°
Mintage 60
Production quality High relief
Description of obverse and reverse The Royal Mint, in partnership with the Royal Academy, has unveiled the first ever UK Gold Kilo coin - designed by one of the most influential sculptors of modern times, Sir Anthony Caro. It is fitting for a coin of such stature – Britain’s first ‘kilo coin’ – that its designer be renowned for large, dramatic sculpture. Sir Anthony Caro, member of the Royal Academy and one of Britain’s most prolific and respected sculptors, is known as a modernist pioneer, having studied under both Sir Charles Wheeler and Sir Henry Moore. In his magnificent design for the gold kilo coin for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sir Anthony has remained true to his sculptural ideals, creating an imposing design that took all the skill of the Royal Mint’s hugely experienced craftsman to embody. The coin, which represents individual endeavour at the Games, is in a sculptured relief that is far higher than any coin that we have struck, lending extra gravitas to an impressive numismatic first.
A brief annotation In 2008 the Royal Mint’s Olympic Coin Programme shared its vision to create the first ever UK coin weighing one Kilogram. To do this required a change to UK Legislation, specifically an amendment to the 40-year-old 1971 Coinage Act, a clause which limited the weight to which UK coins could be made. The launch of this magnificent UK kilo coin, the first kilo coin of the realm, is the culmination of a journey which saw the introduction of this new primary legislation, itself further evidence that at the highest levels the UK not only supports the aspirations of London 2012, but is prepared to make legislative history in the process.
Designer Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS; Reverse designer: Sir Anthony Caro
Producer The Royal Mint

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