The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, but they truly took off as an international sporting event after 1924, when the VIII Games were held in Paris. Since 1994, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have been held separately and have alternated every two years. The Games are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with nearly every nation participating. The Games is a dynamic way to celebrate sporting achievement and international friendship. It is a rare occasion where 204 countries from around the world come together in a spirit of friendship and sporting endeavour. Through sport, we can remember there is much more that unites us than divides us.
Feel the irresistible spirit of sport through the Official Japan Mint Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Coins. Despite thousands of sporting events around the world, there is no sporting event more prestigious than the Olympic & Paralympic Games. For collectors across the world – one of the most exciting parts of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the host country’s commemorative coins; they are also some of the most popular coins!
Never before in history have the Olympic or Paralympic Games been postponed – only cancelled. The world has recognised the need for the Olympic and Paralympic spirit to reignite the sporting world with the flame becoming the light at the end of the tunnel for many.