10 August 2014

Armenia Olympiad Gold

Since today is round eight of the 2014 Olympiad, I was happy to find an Olympiad item for this edition of Top eBay Chess Items by Price. The item pictured below was titled 'ARMENIA GOLD 8.6 gr.22 K COIN 2006 37th Chess Olympiad UNC RARE' and sold for US $700 after receiving a single bid. My composite image might be misleading, because the two faces appear to be different colors; other photos show them to be the same color.

The description added,

The gold coin issued by the Central Bank of Armenia is dedicated to the victory of the Armenian male team in the 37th World Chess Olympiad. The 37th World Chess Olympiad in which 143 countries have participated was hosted by Torino, Italy from May 20 to June 4, 2006. Winning a glorious victory, the Armenian male team earned the World Cup for a two-year period.

The obverse of the coin depicts the symbol of the 37th World Chess Olympiad and the reverse depicts an inscription Gold Team of Armenia and contains names of the chess players: L. Aronyan, V. Hakobyan, K. Asryan, G. Sargsyan, S. Lputyan and A. Minasyan. Designed by E. Kurghinyan. Minted in Jablonex Group a.s., Division Czech Mint.

See also Real Olympiad Silver, where I featured another Olympiad coin on 'Top eBay Chess Items' earlier this year.

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