A few days ago an eBay seller put 3 BP pins up for sale. These pins had the same shape and look as the Open Weekend ones from last year and the more recent green/paralympic pins that have been seen.

The main 'difference' of these 3 new pins was the coloured flash below the 'official partner' wording.

The backs of the pins are also different from anything we've seen before.

Each pin has 3 separate sections on the back. The top section on each pin has either the dates '2009-2010', '2010-2011' or '2011-2012'. I think this indicates the years for which the pin has been awarded.

The central section appears to have a pattern of interlocking circles of varying diameters - not sure if this is some internal BP logo or reminiscent of the Olympic Rings (?). There are also the words 'Beacon Awards' - I presume some internal scheme run within BP?

The bottom section has the reference details '® © LOCOG 2011 BP0015 HONAV' on the first pin and BP0016 or BP0017 on the other 2 pins.

No details on issue size or rarity for these pins.

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British Airways
Last week a silver BA pin (BA0001) came up for sale - it raised a high price being the first one we have seen.

Now, at the time of writing, 9 more have come out of hiding. Presumably these are a staff only pin which are now finding their way to eBay. We imagine, like BMW and Thomas Cook, the prices will start to fall as buyers realise there are a few for sale.

Today a new GE pin came to light. No pictures of this one, but it's been described as being the same as GE0001 but smaller.

This pin is measured as 34mmx17mm, so slightly smaller than the first one. But, the more interesting fact is that this one has been produced by Aminco. It has an official stamp on the back and was received from an official source. It is not supplied on card this time, but in a plastic bag.