Since posting yesterday on the commemorative ("Offside") 50p coin from the Royal Mint (UK), I have had a few requests for more information. I had done a little searching, by no means exhaustive, after I read some news reports, and here is what I sent to the author of one of the requests:
Go to the official site for The Royal Mint (UK) and there they have details of how to buy bullion, if you want, and any of their coins. For the olympic coins, go to the site below *. The face value of 50p is less than a dollar, and I don't know how they ship them. I'm sure that dealers over here will have them soon. Remember that the queen is "heads" on the coin, so when you use it, try to make sure it always ends up as "tails". That method of tossing ensures that her royal self ends up face down in the mud.
As I read over that last sentence, I can see how its tone could indicate to the reader that I might be an anti-royalist. Exactly. Now to the comments.