The Olympic circulation 50p – the FREE collectable for London 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games held in London this summer have evoked feelings of excitement across the country. To celebrate this occasion, The Royal Mint released a set of commemorative 50 pence pieces for the public to collect.

In recognition of the national pride which the Games inspire, we decided to fully involve the public in the release by giving YOU the opportunity to design the coins. The competition was launched nationwide in 2009, giving people of all ages and professions the chance to design the reverse side of 29 sports-themed coins. This was the first time the Royal Mint had ever asked members of the public to design a coin!

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50p collectors, share your tips and stories

So we all know the London 2012 sports 50p’s from the Royal Mint are hard to find…but some people have managed to find them all.

How did they do it?

We asked the best in the business for their tips and here are the top 10!

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The only genuine footage of The Titanic

The only genuine footage of The Titanic

Our friends at British Pathe let us use this amazing archive footage. It includes the only genuine footage of The Titanic, along with a lot of other footage from the same era which provides a flavour of a bygone age.

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Maundy Money

Maundy Money

Maundy Money is one of many ancient traditions The Royal Mint is proud to be a part of. It is a Christian tradition that involves giving special coins to people who have done good work for their Church and community It seems to have been the custom as early as the thirteenth century for members … Read more…

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

In their latest issue, National Geographic have published previously unseen photographs of The Titanic. The photographs show the full ship for the first time and are incredibly atmospheric, capturing the alluring tragedy of the disaster. You can view the new Titanic photographs on the national Geographic website. Our own unseen pictures The Royal Mint has … Read more…

The Royal Mint on The Alan Titchmarsh show

The Royal Mint on The Alan Titchmarsh show

Below is yesterday’s Alan Titchmarsh episode. We’re on from 17.25 onwards if you want to skip ahead! The Royal Mint’s expert and Senior Research Curator Graham Dyer talks about some of the commemorative coins from The Royal Mint, both past and present. Richard Bishop from Spink shows some older coins, including a Queeen Elizabeth 1 … Read more…

Matt Dent, UK coin designer, answers your questions

We asked you to send in your questions for Matt Dent, the designer of UK coins. He answers them in detail and shares his thoughts on a variety of topics including whether we should have a 99p coin, how long his designs take to produce, and which is his favourite London 2012 50p! Matt’s designs … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Sport – Week 2: Archery

The London 2012 Olympic Archery 50p was designed by Piotr Powaga. The reverse design consists of a bow being drawn, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination “50 PENCE” below.

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Piotr is an agronomist who lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he is a keen calligrapher and enjoys creating new letter forms and logos. In his design for Archery, Piotr used his wife to model the action of pulling a bow in order to capture the energy that is generated before the arrow is released.

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Collect the shield!

If you’re not quite up for collecting the 29 London 2012 Olympic 50ps, or even completing the Coin Hunt, here’s a much easier coin collecting challenge! The United Kingdom’s latest definitive coin designs were created by Matt Dent in 2008, after a public competition. He created a design based on the Royal shield of arms, but few people … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 1: Aquatics 50p design

In January 2009 the Royal Mint launched its biggest ever competition, inviting the British public to design a series of new 50p coins. Thousands of designs were received from all over the UK, featuring all 29 sports of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The best designs were selected and now they’ve been made into … Read more…