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Organising Committees also run philatelic and numismatic programmes that benefit the Olympic Movement

Olympic philatelic programme

The partnership between the Olympic Games and philately is as old as the Games themselves.

In 1895, the Organising Committee was faced with a lack of funds to complete the construction of the last venues. Two Greek philatelists/numismatists proposed that the Greek government issue a series of commemorative stamps, the proceeds (or part of the proceeds) from which would go to the Organising Committee of the Games to finance these last venues. Fifty percent of the estimated revenue (200,000 drachmas) was released before the issue date and the remainder was guaranteed with a seven percent bank loan. The series of 12 stamps was issued on the inaugural day of the first Games of the Olympiad, 25 March 1896.

The Olympic stamps issued that day were the harbingers of the revival of the Olympic Games. They were sent from the Games all over the world on letters and packages.

Olympic numismatic programme

The Olympic coin - often described as a collectible, an investment, and a hedge against inflation - has been one of the most important sources of revenue for the Olympic family for decades. Few know that revenue from Olympic coins was surpassed only by television rights in 1984, and, even then, coin royalties from the Los Angeles Games provided the OCOG and the United States Olympic Committee with US$ 73.5 million to help towards staging the Games.

Learn more about Olympic stamps and coins


Olympic Collectibles


In cooperation with Phildom, the IOC can announce that the new Official IOC Catalogue of Olympic Stamps is now available. Five volumes of work document show over 26300 stamps issued for Olympic events dating back to the Athens 1896 Olympic Games. More information here: OLYMPIC COLLECTIBLES

Olympic collections

  • Beijing 2008
  • Turin 2006
  • Athens 2004
  • Salt Lake City 2002
  • Sydney 2000
  • Nagano 1998
  • Atlanta 1996
  • Lillehammer 1994
  • Albertville 1992
  • Barcelona 1992
  • Calgary 1988
  • Seoul 1988
  • Sarajevo 1984
  • Los Angeles 1984
  • Lake Placid 1980
  • Moscow 1980
  • Innsbruck 1976
  • Montreal 1976
  • Sapporo 1972
  • Munich 1972
  • Grenoble 1968
  • Mexico City 1968
  • Innsbruck 1964
  • Tokyo 1964
  • Squaw Valley 1960
  • Rome 1960
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956
  • Melbourne / Stockholm 1956
  • Oslo 1952
  • Helsinki 1952
  • St Moritz 1948
  • London 1948
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936
  • Berlin 1936
  • Lake Placid 1932
  • Los Angeles 1932
  • St Moritz 1928
  • Amsterdam 1928
  • Chamonix 1924
  • Paris 1924
  • Antwerp 1920
  • Stockholm 1912
  • London 1908
  • St Louis 1904
  • Paris 1900
  • Athens 1896