Special pins can be issued for a variety of reasons. Their value depends on the reason for issuance and the rarity of the pin. Bid pins, which contain the prospective host city's first logo design and are given to International Olympic Committee officials as part of the city's promotional effort, are extremely rare and quite valuable.
Among the most coveted of Olympic pins are "countdown pins," so-called because they mark significant points in the countdown to a future Olympic games. This extra-large pin was issued by the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee on the 2002nd day before the opening of the 2002 winter games in Utah. Only 2002 were made and each is number stamped on the back. The Salt Lake bid logo is in the middle.
This pin is a unique combination of sponsor pin and special event pin. It depicts the torch relay, which brings the Olympic flame through the host country to the host city and which in 1996 was sponsored by Coca-Cola. It is dated and includes both the Atlanta and Coke logos.
David is especially proud of this purchase, a silver-tone pin labeled "Olympic Games Staff Supervisor." Those words form the border around the Atlanta games logo.