By Pobjoy Mint….
In previous years, Pobjoy Mint has issued coins to commemorate the Olympic Games. The 2016 Summer Olympics are no exception and we are delighted to announce the release of a series of four coins on behalf of the British Virgin Islands.
The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. 10,500 athletes from 205 countries will compete in 306 different events over 28 sports during two-and-a-half weeks of competition – all aiming for the gold.
The designs on the four coins include two new sports that are making welcome returns to the Games after a long absence and two of the newer events. Each coin also features two ribbons, one which carries the Brazilian Flag and the other showing the Union Jack.
The coins are available with the two ribbons colorized, making these coins a wonderful tribute to what is sure to be a colorful Olympics.
The first design features Golf, which is returning to the Games after 112 years. The image shown is that of a male golfer with a torch in the foreground.
The next design features Rugby Sevens, returning after a 92-year absence. The coin shows a diving player with a Macaw (representing Rio de Janeiro) in the background.
The third design represents the Triathlon, which appears for the 5th time in 2016. The reverse shows a swimmer transforming into a cyclist who, in turn, transforms into a runner, illustrating the three disciplines. A map of Brazil can be seen in the background.
The final design shows a female beach volleyball player diving for the ball with a lady in full Rio Carnival costume in the background. Beach Volleyball was first contested at the Games in 1996.
The obverse of each coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
The coins are available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver, and each beautifully-engineered precious metal coin has been struck four times to produce the superlative Pobjoy proof finish.
The Cupro Nickel coin is shipped in a unique Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch. The Silver version is encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Also available as a set in an exclusive Pobjoy Mint four-coin set red box.