• 5 Pounds 2012, Sp# 4923, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, London 2012 Summer Olympics Countdown, Victory Podium
  • 5 Pounds 2012, Sp# 4923, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, London 2012 Summer Olympics Countdown, Victory Podium
Description

This is the final of four coins issued by the Royal Mint for the London 2012 Summer Olympics Countdown. It marks the continuation of the 3, 2, 1 countdown to London 2012 and pictures the ultimate dream of every Olympian - three triumphant medallists on the winners’ podium.

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.

Obverse

Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara was a wedding present in 1947 from her grandmother, Queen Mary, who received it as a gift from the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland in 1893 on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of York, later George V. Made by E. Wolfe & Co., it was purchased from Garrard & Co. by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1914, Mary adapted the tiara to take 13 diamonds in place of the large oriental pearls surmounting the tiara. At first, Elizabeth wore the tiara without its base and pearls but the base was reattached in 1969. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is one of Elizabeth's most recognisable pieces of jewellery due to its widespread use on British banknotes and coinage.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D
IRB
FIVE POUNDS

Reverse

Three athletes as faceted figures standing on a victory podium, with a section of a clock-face to the right, to the left and above, and the London 2012 logo to the right. The reverse design is surrounded by a plan view of the main Olympic Stadium, incorporating the date “2012” at the top, with the word “COUNTDOWN” above and the inscription “XXX OLYMPIAD” below.

The London 2012 Summer Olympics logo is four abstract shapes placed in a quadrant formation spelling out "2012". The word "London" is written in the shape representing the "2", while the Olympic rings are placed in the shape representing the "0".

Engraver: Claire Aldridge

COUNTDOWN
2012
london TM
CA XXX OLYMPIAD

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 2.89 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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