Every four years the world is swept up in Olympic fever and people from around the world gather and unite to celebrate fellowship and competition in sport. From posters and mugs through to participant medals and commemorative coins, memorabilia is a hugely popular way among Olympic fans to remember this fantastic occasion.
Who can forget that incredible opening ceremony in 2008? It was the third time the Olympics were held in East Asia and Asia since Tokyo, Japan in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea in 1988.
Beijing saw numerous achievements, with 43 world records and 132 Olympic records being set. In the overall medal tally, China came 1st with the most amount of gold medals. They became only the 7th different Olympic team to top an overall medal tally.
You can find two coins at Pobjoy to celebrate these successful games. The first was designed for the Isle of Man and features a canoe slalom design, the other was on behalf of Sierra Leone which has a design of doves flying away from the Olympic torch.
2012 saw the summer Olympics return to London for the first time since 1948.
The games officially started on 25th July with the opening ceremony being held two days later on the 27th July. In 2012 London became the first and only city to host the modern Olympic games three times, after previously hosting it in 1908 and 1948.
London 2012 also marked two huge moments in history for women, with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entering female athletes for the first time as well as women’s boxing being introduced making it the first time female competitors were included in every sport.
There are two collections of coins Pobjoy created for the 2012 Olympics. One collection was designed for the British Virgin Islands and the other was for the Isle of Man. You can buy these collections as both a set and individuals.
Rio de Janeiro
The Rio Olympics was the most recent Olympic games and was held between 5th August and 21st August 2016. These games marked a series of firsts in Olympic history with Brazil being the first South American country to host as well as being the first country to host entirely in their Winter season.
It was also the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America and the first since 2000 to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.
There are four designs to pick from at Pobjoy: Beach Volleyball, Rugby Sevens, Golf and Triathlon. All of these coins are available in a set in colour cupro nickel, coloured sterling silver, proof sterling silver or uncirculated cupro nickel sets.
While we might not all be able to get our hands on an Olympic medal, commemorative coins are a wonderful way to remember these incredible games. They do only come once every four years.