Wednesday, 3 August 2016

3/8 - British House - Pin Image

Just for completeness, heres an image of the British House pin mentioned in a previous blog post

The pin measures 28mm x 23mm and is not backstamped.

There are a few of these available retail from Great British Collectables

3/8 - I AM TEAM GB Pins - Camelot/ITV

As I mentioned in an earlier post, a second 'I AM TEAM GB' pin issued by the National Lottery (Camelot) does exist.

The pin on the left is backstamped IAM001 but the one on the right is not backstamped at all.
The first pin measures 28mmx24mm and the second pin 27mm x 18mm.

Thes epiks are not available for retail customers and I have no information on the issue size.

3/8 - More Team GB Pride Sports Poses

Another 7 pins have been released which show Team GB's mascot, Pride the Lion in a series of sports poses. These pins use the drawings first seen at London 2012 in the round pin format.

Pride the Lion Sports Poses

The new pins show the following sports

  • Archery - TS013
  • Fencing - TS014
  • Handball - TS015
  • Show Jumping - TS016
  • Basketball - TS017
  • Cycling - TS018
  • Boxing -TS019
Each pin is limited to 500 pieces and measures 22mm in diameter

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

27/7: Team GB Pins - Sponsor and British House

News today of some non-retail pins that are being issued in connection with Team GB and Rio 2016.

The first is a sponsor pin from Camelot / ITV and features both company logos together with the Team GB logo and the slogan 'I AM TEAM GB'

I have no details on pin reference or size as yet, but there are only 200 of these in circulation

A second Camelot / ITV pin is also due out, and there will be 1,000 of these. More details soon I hope.


The other pin announced today is the 'British House' pin. This pin is only available to delegates, athletes and guests who visit the Team GB British House in Rio. There are 4,200 of these in circulation and 200 of them will be available for retail but are not part of the Team GB retail series. This pins are sure to be popular with collectors due to their rarity.

I do not have a pin image but the design is shown below.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

3/7: Pride the Lion Sports Pose Pins

Team GB have released 4 new Pride the Lion sports pose pins. A few weeks ago, the Golf pin was issued, and that is now followed by rugby, athletics, gymnastics and diving.

5 sports pose pins
The pin references are:
  • Golf - TS005
  • Rugby - TS006
  • Athletics (Javelin) - TS009
  • Gymnastics (Pommel Horse) - TS010
  • Diving - TS011
All the pins are limited to 500 pieces and all available now from the regular sources.

There should be a few more designs to follow.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

17/5 - Countdown Continues - New 50 DTG Pin

Another official Team GB/Rio 2016 countdown pin has been issued today. This time it's to mark the 50 Days to Go date.

TS0008 - 50 Days To Go

This pin is the same design as the 100 Days to Go version (TS007), but is limited to 1,000 pieces.

Is it available from the usual sources

Great British Collectables

Fine Gifts

Please remember to mention London Pins if you order - thank you.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

23/3: New Team GB Pins 'RIO' and 100 DTG

Two news pins have been released by Team GB in the run up to Rio 2016.

The first is a brilliant design combining the medal colours to form the word 'RIO'. In my opinion one of the simplest yet effective designs we've seen.

TS004 - Bronze, Silver, Gold - RIO
This pin is limited to 1,000 pieces and available now.

The other new release is a 100 day to go pin.

TS007 - 100 Days to Go

This pin is a gold coloured pin with the Team GB logo in relief rather than coloured. It combines distinctive elements of the Rio skyline namely Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain together with the 100 DAYS TO GO caption, the date and the Team GB logo.

This pin will be available soon but can be preordered. It is limited to only 500 pieces.

You can find these pins at;

Great British Collectables

and Fine Giifts

Please remember to mention London Pins if you order - thank you.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

31/1 - First Team GB Pin of 2016 Launched

As we move closer to Rio 2016, Team GB have issued their first pin in the Olympic Year. This is the third pin in the current set.

TS003 - Bring on the Great pin

The 'Bring on the Great' pin is limited to 2,000 pieces and is available to pre-order at Great British Collectables for £5. The pin should also be available from Fine Gifts and Pins and Things too.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

25/11: Discount Offer from

The guys at Fine Gifts would like to offer London Pins readers a discount code on their site. Click on the image to access their site and enter the discount code LPIN5 when you checkout.

The code can be used from now up until the Rio Games in 2016.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

18/11: New Pride the Lion Christmas Pin Issued

The Pride the Lion Christmas pin announced last month was issued today.

Pin TSU002

The pin is limited to 500 pieces, is 45mm x 40mm and has two pins on the back due to its size.

The RRP is £8 and is available from Great British Collectables and
As always, if you place an order, please let them know you heard about the pins on London Pins.

This is the final Team GB pin for 2015, but expect a range of pins in the run up to Rio 2016.

Friday, 30 October 2015

29/10: Rio Logo Pins - Olympic and Paralympic

For those of you looking for a range of Rio logo pins, Gary at Tragar Collectables has the following pins available

Rio 2016 Olympic Logo

Rio 2016 Paralympic Logo

Rio 2016 Olympic Logo - Gold, Silver, Bronze

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Logo 

Rio 2016 Olympic - 4 Years to Go

These are all official merchandise and are prices as follows...
  • Olympic Logo - £5 each or full set of 6 for £25
  • Paralympic Logo - £5 each or full set of 6 for £25
  • Olympic Logo - Gold, Silver, Bronze set of 3 - £15.99
  • Olympic and Paralympic Logo Twin Pack - £10
  • 4 Years to Go - £5

Postage is £1.90 regardless of order size.

You can contact Gary via email -

Monday, 26 October 2015

26/10: New Pride the Lion Team GB Pin Announced

The next in the series of official Team GB pins leading up to Rio 216 has been announced.

This time, Pride the Lion is driving a Christmas sleigh being pulled by Rudolph.

A picture of the artwork is available and the pin will be approximately 48mm x 40mm, so a fairly large pin this time.

Circulation is limited to 500 like the first pin and no word on pricing at the moment. 

I imagine that this pin will be available from the same retailers as the first pin. More details as soon as I have them.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

21/10: New Team GB Pin Update

Here are a couple more details about the new Team GB pin launched last week.

TS001 on card
The pin is mounted on a white card with Union flag detailing. The card and in are enclosed in a clear cellophane wrapper to prevent damage to the pin.

The pin is approximately 32mm x 10mm and the card 55mm x 85mm.

The pin is marked on the back: Circulation = 500 TS001.

The back of the card is also printed with 'Limited circulation of 500 pieces'

Sunday, 18 October 2015

18/10: New Team GB Pin

As Team GB prepare for Rio in 2016, the first in a new range of official Team GB supporter pins has been released.

TS001 - Believe in Extraordinary

The pin is numbered TS0001 and combines the Team GB logo and Olympic rings with the wording 'Believe In Extraordinary'.

I understand there will be a number of official Team GB supporter pins produced in the run up to the next summer Olympic Games.

This first pin is limited to 500 copies and over 50% have already been sold, so it seems likely that this first pin will sell out and be one of the harder ones to pick up nearer Games time.

It is available from
If you order from any of these sites, please tell them you read about the pin on London Pins - thanks.

The next Team GB pin is planned to be a Pride the Lion Christmas pin with more designs to follow in 2016.

Friday, 30 January 2015

30/1: Sailing Pin Error

Gary from Tragars Collectables has contacted me to point out that the pin sets for Sailing sold during the Games contain an error. The date printed on the venue pin (1270) is '29/08 - 11/08/2012' whereas the correct dates were 29/07 - 11/08/2012.

It seems that all the sets sold at the time have the error. I've checked my set and the website photo and they are both wrong!

Pin 1270 - Original version with incorrect date

Pin 1270 - With correct date

It appears that the incorrect pin was the first version, Honav spotted it and had the reprint made, but these never made it to the sets.

Gary has a few of the correct version if you are a completist who needs to have the correct version!

Contact him at

Thursday, 23 October 2014

23/10: Sports Pose Pin - Greco-Roman Wrestling

Scanning eBay this evening, I came across a pin which was rare to say the least during the Games. I think I only know of about 3 or 4 in the hands of collectors.

It's one of the sports pose venue pins - Greco Roman Wresting (1916)

This was one of the pins that seemed to appear at the Olympic Park for one afternoon in 2012 and was never seen again. I always thought that boxes of pins had been hidden at the back of a cupboard during the Games - maybe it was true!

Take a look at Tragars Collectables on eBay if this is one that you need for your collection. I see that the Archery pose in is there too - another rare one.