In 2008 to celebrate to celebrate the London Olympic Centenary and the Olympic Games Handover from London to Beijing, the Royal Mint released this limited edition Olympic £2 Two Pound Gold Proof Set.
2008 was the Centenary of the first Olympic Games to be held in London, for which anniversary the Royal Mint released a commemorative Two Pound Gold Proof Coin in celebration of the sporting achievements of the athletes who competed at that 4th Olympiad. The reverse, designed by Royal Mint Engraver Thomas T Docherty, shows a running track as the central image and the anniversary date of 1908.
The reverse of the Olympic Handover £2 Two Pound Gold Proof Coin is designed by the Royal Mint Engraving Team and bears the Olympic Flag and London 2012 logo. Surrounding the central design are the words Beijing 2008 and London 2012 along its outer ring, set against a backdrop of lines reminiscent of an athletic track.
The set contains the 22-carat versions of the two coins.