If you're in the
market for Olympic coins, you have two choices, depending on your taste in art
and the size of your wallet. The U.S. Treasury is offering 1983 and 1984 silver
dollars and a $10 gold coin. Intercoin, Ltd., a West German mint, is selling 11
commemorative medallions designed by Salvador Dali and struck off in gold,
silver and platinum.
coins are available individually or in sets. Both silver dollars contain about
.75 of an ounce of silver and cost $32. The 1983 version portrays a discus
thrower and the '84 coin the gateway to the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The gold coin,
containing slightly less than � ounce of gold and selling for $352, depicts a
male athlete and a female athlete running side by side, carrying the Olympic
torch. The Treasury donates $5 for each silver dollar it sells and $25 for
every gold coin to both the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee and the U.S.
Olympic Committee. (The coins are available through banks and the U.S. Mint,
P.O. Box 6766, San Francisco, CA 94101.)
pieces are works of art depicting 11 aspects of sport: archery, track and
field, cycling, pole vaulting, gymnastics, boxing, diving, equestrian
competition, soccer, discus throwing and skiing. They are offered individually
and in sets of three or 11. The silver medallions contain 1.5 ounces of silver
and cost $129.50; gold, half an ounce, $595; platinum, about .66 of an ounce,
$1,100. Intercoin (417 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022) donates a portion of
its profits to the USOC: $4.50 for the silver, $6 for the gold and $8 for the
paintings, the medals have a surrealistic quality. A gymnast hangs from a ring
that dangles from a cloud in a mountainous setting. Dali's archer has a poised,
muscular body that seems to leap off the medallion. Through the medallion Dali
expresses his view of a sport. The boxer, for example, has a cubelike head,
signifying, says Intercoin vice-president Uwe Kind, that his sport involves
brute force and not much thought. Clearly, more thought has gone into the
Intercoin than the Treasury offerings.