|London 2012 50-pence coins|
Taekwondo (left) and Cycling (right)
The Royal Mint held an open competition for the designs, allowing anyone in the United Kingdom to submit a design for one of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic events. Winning designs came from such people as a delivery truck driver, a toy designer, a radiologist, and a 9-year-old. You can read about the designers at the Royal Mint's London 2012 50 P Sports Collection site.
The designs don't attempt to fit into a mosaic like Great Britain's regular circulation (see our blog post about Great Britain's redesign), which would be especially hard since each coin was designed by a different person.
In 2009, the Canadian Mint issued a similar series of 12 quarters for the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, BC. The quarters also depicted events from the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games.
For Britons, collectors get to look forward to searching through loose change in order to collect all 29 sporting event coins. For those outside of the UK, however, it may be difficult to build a complete collection without ordering coins or an entire set directly from the Royal Mint.
London 2012 50 P Sports Collection Events
- Football (soccer)
- Table Tennis
- Wheelchair Rugby