£2 Coin Checker - 2008 Olympic Handover Ceremony £2 Coin

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2008 Olympic flag handover to London
Mayor of London receives the Olympic flag

On 6th July 2005, it was announced that the 2012 Olympic Games would be held in London, this would be the first time since 1948. The Olympic Games were also held in London in 1908.

Beijing held the 2008 games and on the 24th August, the Mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong, handed the Olympic flag over to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

This coin was to commemorate the occasion of the Olympic handover, designed by the Royal Mint Engraving Team, it has one hand passing the Olympic flag to another hand. It was the first coin to feature the London Olympic 2012 logo.

The outer section of the coin, behind the writing "BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012" is styled to look like the lanes of a running track.

The Obverse side is the 4th portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley, this portrait has been used from 1998 until 2015.

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2008 Olympic Handover Ceremony
2008 Olympic flag handover to London £2 - Click coin to view larger image

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How much is the Olympic Handover London Beijing 2 pound coin worth?
Olympic Handover London Beijing £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £4.90 and £5.28.

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2008 Olympic Games Handover £2 Coin
The 2008 United Kingdom Olympic Games Handover Ceremony £2 Coin
Extract from The Royal Mint presentation folder:

The handover from Beijing to London took place on 24 August 2008. Following the Olympic Games tradition, the flag bearers and athletes of each country entered the stadium. The national flag of Greece, as well as the flags of the host country and the new host country, were hoisted, and after the closing speeches the Olympic flag was passed from the Mayor of Beijing to the Mayor of London. The Olympic flame was extinguished and the Olympic flag carried ceremonially from the stadium.

Olympic Handover London Beijing coin specification and useful information

Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel
Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Reverse Designer Thomas T Docherty
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD
Year 2008
How many Olympic Handover London Beijing £2 coins were minted? 918,000

Minting errors: Is there a Olympic Handover London Beijing £2 coin mint error?

Sellers of coins from circulation would like to sell coins for as much over face value as possible, so often refer to rare mint error in the description on marketplaces such as eBay. If you are looking to buy this coin, read this first to ensure you do not pay far more than the coin is worth as a collector item.

No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.

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On the Obverse (heads) side of the coin, there are small raised dots around the edge of the silver coloured section of the coin. On some coins these dots may be offset, so, for example they may appear away from the edge above the Queens head and be very close the the edge or missing from the opposite side (below the Queens neck).

This is common on all two pound coins minted before 2015 and is not considered a minting error.

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The inscription on the edge of the coin I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD is upside down when the coin is Obverse (heads) side up.

This is common on all two pound coins and is not a minting error as the inscription is not struck a certain way up. Any two pound coin can have the writing on the edge any way up.

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