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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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 12: Football

The football 50p was designed by Neil Wolfson. Neil Wolfson is a production journalist living in London. He designed his coin in the hope that it would encapsulate football in one simple image. As the offside rule is a perennial talking point, the image is designed to provoke discussion…and it certainly did that! The coin … Read more…

The Football 50p: Offside explained

There’s some debate about whether The Royal Mint’s Football 50p design accurately explains the offside ‘rule’. The coin’s designer, Neil Wolfson, says he never intended the coin to explain the detail of the rule, but simply to provide a strong design that showed what an offside position is. He gives us some insight into his … Read more…

Twitter is buzzing about the ‘Offside 50p’

What did we tell you about 2012 being a great year for coin collecting? Today’s excitement over the London 2012 Football 50p (unofficially known as the ‘Offside 50p’) looks set to continue as Radio 4 just did an interview with the coin designer and our phones are ringing off the hook!

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You can listen to the interview here!

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