Designer: John Bergdahl (reverse)/
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (obverse)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS features.
Reverce: in this coin Mars wears a helmet, symbol of his warrior nature. Before him, the sport of Boxing is depicted, where athletes – like the soldiers who would pray to Mars before battle – must channel and control their aggression, must know when to strike and when to retreat, if they are to triumph.
A brief annotation
Mars, God of War. Mars, son of Juno, was second only to the chief of the Roman gods, Jupiter. He not only represented military might, but was an agricultural god, battling nature to control her sometimes hostile forces. And though known as the God of War, his were wars fought to secure peace – the spear with which he is often depicted is sometimes shown wreathed in laurel: Mars the peace bringer.
XXX Olympic Games 2012 in London The Royal Mint marked with 4-years coin programme. The Gold coins in the Series “Faster Higher Stronger” were issued in 2010-2012, per 3 coin designs in a year. It is only coin collection in the British Olympic coinage to feature the iconic Olympic Rings. Each coin in the series in 2012 features Fortius, Latin for Stronger, from the IOC Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’. Focal point of the coin
is the design depicting chosen Roman. The God represents one of the Olympic sports and the athletes of this sport are depicted in the foreground of the coins.