The first UK gold Kilo coin was unveiled today by the Royal Mint. This is one kilo of fine gold and only 60 will ever be produced. With a price tag of £100,000, this is one of the most exclusive (and expensive!) pieces of London Olympics 2012 memorabilia.
It will also be one of the most valuable and sought after. The gold kilo coin was designed by influential sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro RA.
In addition to the first UK gold Kilo, a silver Kilo has also been designed by fellow Royal Academician and internationally renowned artist, composer and writer Tom Phillips RA. Priced at £3,000, 2012 silver Kilos will be minted.
Both Kilo coins are presented in beautifully crafted, specially designed presentation boxes accompanied by individually numbered Certificates of Authenticity. Sir Anthony Caro has personally signed and numbered the certificates for each gold Kilo coin.
During the manufacturing process, a special press and production technique were used to achieve the highest ever relief on a coin struck by the Royal Mint.
Sir Anthony Caro`s first UK gold kilo coin design incorporates the theme of the 2012 London Olympics, and depicts the sports equipment used for Weightlifting, Boxing, Football and Athletics framed by a laurel wreath and the official London 2012 logo.
It is unlikely that these coins will ever be circulated due to their size and weight, not to mention value, so Sir Anthony created more of a sculptural medal than a coin.
For further information on the Royal Mint`s full London 2012 collection, please visit royalmint.com.
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