2018 1/2 oz Silver PyeongChang Winter Olympic Bobsled Proof

2018 1/2 oz Silver PyeongChang Winter Olympic Bobsled Proof

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This coin commemorates the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and the bobsled event. Each coin is presented in a special gift box.

Product Highlights:
  • Contains 1/2 oz of .999 fine silver in proof finish.
  • Comes in a square-shaped presentation box with certificate of authenticity.
  • Limited mintage of 25,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Features an up-close portrait of a team of bobsled athletes in motion and the coin's denominational value of 5000 WON.
  • Reverse: Depicts the PyeongChang Winter Olympics emblem symbolizing a world open to everyone and coming together in PyeongChang, a place where Heaven meets Earth.
  • Coins are officially licensed by the United States Olympic Committee.

This coin is one of a series of two Gold and eight Silver coins commemorating the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. Don't miss this limited opportunity to own a part of history. Add this 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Commemorative Proof coin to your cart today!

The first Olympic Winter Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. The Games were held every four years through 1936. World War I interrupted and no Games were held in 1940 and 1944, but they resumed in 1948. The Summer and Winter Games were held in the same years until the International Olympic Committee decided in 1986 to place them on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years. This change was implemented in 1992, and the next Winter Games were again in 1994 and have occurred every four years since.

The bobsled event finds its origins in the late 19th century with the Swiss when they attached two skeleton sleds together and added a steering mechanism. Originally, the sleds were made of wood, but were soon made of steel and became known as bobsleighs - named after the way teams bobbed back and forth to gain speed at the start. The bobsled Olympic event first took place in 1924 during the first Winter Games in Chamonix and included a four-man crew pushing hard and fast, jumping into the sleigh, and navigating through series of turns and straights as fast as possible. In 1932, a two-man format was added and has remained since. Finally, in 2002 the first two-woman bobsled event was held.

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