Going for gold. Profiting from commemorative Olympic coinage
On 27 July, the London 2012 Olympic Games began with a spectacular opening ceremony held at the Olympic Stadium in the capital. A showcase of British culture and history, it included traditional ceremonial elements such as the hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes, before being formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen.
Its rather apt that today marks the 10th year anniversary since the start of the 2012 Olympics held in London, now we find ourselves on the eve of the 2022 Commonwealth games to be held in Birmingham.
The UK has a long and proud tradition of competing on the world stage when it comes to top level sports. To celebrate allcthings sport, for the 2012 Olympics, the Royal Mint released a 30 set commemorative coin set. They were a massive hit for coin collectors, and since they were released in to general circulation, it started lots of people on the longnroad to coin collecting.
The Olympic 50 pence coins(£0.50) have become scarcer and scarcer as more and more people scramble to add them to their collection. This has lead to the lower mintage coins in the set dramatically increasing in value.
The "Off-side" football coin has thenlowest mintage, and so has obviously increased the most in price. Finding one of these 50p coins in your change could net you £30+..... Thats 60X its face value and not a bad little payday for a coin you can still find circulating in your pocket change.
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