17 November 2011

Real Olympiad Gold

In this series on Top eBay Chess Items by Price, I've already featured an Olympiad souvenir in 1924 Olympiad Gold (sort of) and a gold coin souvenir in Gold for Fischer - Spassky. Pictured below is an Olympiad gold coin souvenir which was titled 'Slovenia: 20.000 tolar 2002 PROOF UNC GOLD Chess Olimpics Horse RARE 500 MINTAGE'. It sold for $1800, 'Best Offer'.

The accompanying certificate of authority said,

On the occasion of the 35th Chess Olympiad Bled, Slovenia 2002, the Republic of Slovenia herby issues a gold coin associated with the event (Official Gazette of the RS, no.53/02). Specifications: Denomination 20,000 Tolars. Alloy: 900/1000 gold. Weight: 7 grams. Diameter: 24 millimetres. • BANK OF SLOVENIA

The item's description added,

Full PROOF Uncirculated Coin, DEEP cameo and mirror like fields. Issued to commemorate 35th Chess Olympics held in Bled, Slovenia. On obverse there is a celtic horse and it's mirror look in the lake, reverse chess board and chess figures. MEGA RARE PIECE, mintage ONLY 500 PIECES!

and provided a web address -- More on coin -- where we learn that a silver coin with a face value of 2,500 Tolars was also issued.

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