Another pair of Olympic coins will debut on 27 July, this time from the Polish national bank, Narodowy. Most Rio Olympic coins take a general view of the event, much like the Royal Australian Mints new coins, but this pair are very specific indeed. Poland has a long history with the modern olympics, and a pretty successful one, so coins commemorating Polish athletes are not unexpected.
The gold coin depicts one of the recent sports to join the olympic roster, Mountain Biking, also called MTB. Unlike some of the more recent additions to the olympics, many often drawing negative comments, this tough sport pushes individual ability and stamina, traditional hallmarks going to back to ancient Greek times. The coin is struck in half a troy ounce of 90% pure gold and mintage is limited to 2,000 pieces maximum.
The silver coin features a very traditional modern olympic discipline going back to 1900, but as a womens event it’s actually younger than MTB. It joined the olympic roster in 2000, four years after MTB did. It’s a decent choice for a coin subject from Narodowy, as Polish athlete Anita Wlordarczyk currently holds the world record of 81.08 metres, set in Poland on 1 August 2015. The silver coin is struck in half a standard ounce of sterling silver and mintage is a maximum of 30,000.
A nice pair of coins for the sporting numismatist, and featuring a couple of events that rarely appear on coins. Designs are good and prices from the NBP don’t seem overly high.