Coins are a testimony of time, of a nation’s art and culture.
Coins, like stamps, also tell a story. and this is especially so with Olympic coins. Olympic coins not only mark a significant event in the history of a city and its nation, but also express that nation's pride in its art and culture.
The first official Olympic coins were struck in 1951 to commemorate the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Today, for each Olympic Games, the Organising Committee, in conjunction with the national mint has a coin-issue programme which can include circulating coins as well as precious metal coins.
While Olympic coins are eagerly sought after by numismitists (coin collectors), the general public also like to collect Olympic coins as an official record of the Olympic Games in their city or nation.