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This is the first of four coins issued by the Royal Mint for the London 2012 Summer Olympics Countdown and the first UK £5 coin to feature the Olympic Rings and logo. It marks the start of the 3, 2, 1 countdown to London 2012 and represents the sport of Swimming.
The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, took place in London and to a lesser extent across the United Kingdom from 25 July to 12 August 2012. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games. Women's boxing was included for the first time, thus the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors. The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and host Great Britain.
Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
Two swimmers as faceted figures, accompanied by the number "3", with a section of a clock-face to the right and the London 2012 logo to the left. The reverse design is surrounded by a plan view of the main Olympic Stadium, incorporating the date "2009" on the right-hand side, with the word "COUNTDOWN" above and the inscription "XXX OLYMPIAD" below.
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