Saturday, June 4, 2011

1oz Silver 2010 Pheidippides' Marathon Run 2,500th Anniversary Proof Coin

Coin Specifications:

High-relief reverse strike

Mint: The Perth Mint

Metal Composition: 99.9% pure silver

Mintage: 5,000

Presentation: Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the coin is housed in a grey presentation case and illustrated shipper.

Grade: Proof

History of Pheidippides:

According to tradition, this year marks the 2,500th anniversary of Pheidippides’ 25-mile run to Athens with news of the Greek army’s historic triumph at the Battle of Marathon. His remarkable long-distance achievement inspired the introduction of Olympic marathon running in 1896, and has also influenced countless ordinary joggers to attempt the gruelling 42.195 kilometres (26.22 miles) at one of today’s many high-profile marathon events.