Reverse designer: Jonathan Olliffe
Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Description of obverse and reverse
Reverse: the coin design celebrates the historic Games of the 30th Olympiad and looks forward to the first ever
Summer Games to be held in South America in Rio in 2016. Drawing on the symbolism of the Closing
Ceremony in which the President of the IOC invites the youth of the world to gather again at the next
Olympiad, the coin captures the passion and spirit of the Games.
The London 2012 Handover to Rio ?2 coin has many symbolic features that represent the Handover ceremony. The centre of the coin is occupied by two hands meeting and handing over an Olympic relay baton. This crucial moment in an athlete’s race has been captured and symbolises not only one of the Olympic sports but also two nations coming together and passing the baton for the next Games.
The hands are embraced by a continuous sweeping flag. The Union Flag is dominant as it sweeps down and twists to reveal the flag of Brazil. This flag is on a continuous journey, symbolising the Olympic Movement from London to Rio de Janeiro and future Olympic Games beyond. As it twists and turns it reveals five stripes, representing the five Olympic Rings. The sweeping motion of the flags suggests energy, excitement and an overall sense of celebrationfor what will be a fantastic Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Obverse: the obverse of the Official London to Rio Handover Ј2 Coin bears the current portrait of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and the denomination.
Edge Inscription: I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD
A brief annotation
The Official London to Rio Handover Coin celebrated the London 2012 Games and captured the
excitement of a nation in a coin that will last forever. This coin is a lasting memento of London 2012 and the festival of sport that will have been witnessed by millions around the world.