Everyone has a favourite sport and regardless of what yours is, there’s a good chance that sport is in the Olympics. If it is, you can bet a national mint has produced a commemorative coin featuring that sport. With Tokyo 2020 fast approaching we’ve decided to put together all of the Olympic Coins we currently have in stock. So whether you’re a coin collector or a sports fan, we encourage you to browse through our stock and see if you can find a coin with your favourite sport.
Why start an Olympic Coins collection?
The first Olympic Games originated in Ancient Greece over 2,700 years ago, more precisely in Olympia, South-West Greece. The ancient games originally only had 6 sporting events: Running, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Boxing, Wrestling and Horse Racing. If the number of sports had remained the same until today, we probably wouldn’t have a lot of items to show on this page.
Fortunately for coin collectors, the number of sports has increased quite a bit since then, with the Tokyo 2020 games bringing the total number of sports to 33, which should give you even more options for your future Olympic Coin collection. Plus, coins and medals for the Olympics have been in production since 1896, this means you already have plenty of items from which to choose from.
Rare patterns issued for the sport of tennis during the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. They only made 125 pieces in each metal and thickness. So these are some of the rarest Olympic coins you will ever see. Each is full crownsized, struck in Proof condition and the mintages are a miniscule 125 pieces! They are struck at one of the oldest mints in the world in Romania, it has been in business for centuries and the quality is outstanding. An outstanding feature is the denomination, 100 Lei, is on the edge, so as not to detract from the design of the coin. Here we present the Copper Piedfort, but this piece is also available in Bi-Metallic Piedfort, Aluminium Piedfort and in Brass Piedfort.
At this time of year tennis seems to be on many British
people’s minds, what with Wimbledon and all. So I
found a group of Rare patterns issued for tennis for the
1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia in the United
States. They only made 125 pieces in each metal and
thickness. So these are some of the rarest Olympic coins
you will ever see. The type on offer here is the Bi-Metallic Piedfort. Each coin is full crownsized and struck in
proof condition. They are struck at one of the oldest mints in the
world in Romania, which has been in business for centuries and the
quality is outstanding. An outstanding feature is the denomination, 100 Lei, is on the
edge, so as not to detract from the design of the coin.
This pattern Crown was issued by the Romanian Mint for the Olympics
held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. What is most fascinating is the
mintage, Just 125 pieces were ever made. This makes it one of the lowest
mintage and scarcest Olympic coins ever made.
It honours the Olympic sport of basketball. It shows two players jumping
for a ball. The other side has the arms of Romania and the date 1996.
This piece is struck in copper, but it is double the normal thickness or a
piedfort. A piedfort crown is a rather large coin and it is in proof condition.
We bought a large proportion of the mintage and over the years they are
starting to run out. Especially now that we are getting interest from the former
Soviet countries. The people have money and want to collect their
own coinage. Remember there were only 125 pieces ever made in copper
The Democratic Republic of St. Thomas and Prince issued some of the rarest Olympic Crowns ever struck. They were made in 1993 for the Atlanta Olympics, they were struck in Proof cupro-nickel and while the mintages are unknown, you almost never see these coins for sale. We have obtained a very limited number of the set of 12 different Crowns.
The sports represented are: wrestling, soccer, boxing, cycling, karate, running, field hockey, track & field, surfing, swimming, gymnastics and tennis. Many of these sports have not been represented on Olympic coins before. We offer the complete collection of 12 Proof Olympic Crowns for just £95, which we think is quite a bargain. Once they are gone, they are gone.
In 1988 the United States Mint issued a Special Silver Dollar for the Summer Olympics, held in Seoul, South Korea. In 1983 and 1984 the Mint issued Silver Dollars for the Los Angeles Olympics. This one is a little more difficult to find. You have the Olympic Torch lighting the torch from the Statue of Liberty. The other side has the Olympic rings, the value and United States of America.
They are struck in 900 fine Silver and are in Proof condition. Now 30 years old and not all that easy to find and they do look quite handsome in Proof condition.