To commemorate the hosting of the 2012 Olympics, the Royal Mint minted a special £5 coin counting down three years to the exciting event.The 2009 UK Countdown to London 2012 £5 coin is the first in a series of four beautifully crafted coins.

The gold and silver versions of the coin are the first UK £5 coins to feature the Olympic rings and logo in full color.

This coin displays the number three to mark the start of the 3,2,1 count down to London 2012, designed in harmony with images of swimmers racing to the finish line. The design is surrounded by a framework border to symbolize the new Olympic stadium as seen from above.

The coin contains 1.1771 oz of 22k gold