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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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 17: Hockey

The Hockey 50p coin was designed by Robert Evans.

Robert Evans, the designer of the Hockey 50p coin, lives in Cardiff and is an engraver/sculptor at the Royal Mint. He entered the competition because he is passionate about athletics and thought it was a great way to get involved with London 2012. To make sure he captured the sport accurately, Robert took a series of photographs of two hockey players from the University of Glamorgan and based his design on them.

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 16: Handball

The handball 50p was designed by Natasha Ratcliffe. Natasha Ratcliffe is a self-employed sculptor and part-time chef from Cornwall and is responsible for creating both the handball and wheelchair rugby coins. Natasha has a degree in art which she received from the University of Falmouth and specialises in creating coins and medals. She has had … Read more…

The #London2012TorchRelay Tweet map!

Every time you tweet at the #London2012TorchRelay hashtag, your Tweets stand a chance of showing up on our map or in the list of Tweets below. Each day during the torch relay, The Royal Mint will be checking the Tweets on this map and giving away an Official London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic coin to … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 15: Gymnastics

The Gymnastics 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Olliffe. Jonathan is a bit of a coin design master, and his design for Aquatics was also a winner. That means we’ve already asked him our three questions…so there’s nothing new to say here. You can keep in touch with Jonathan through his website About British Gymnastics … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 14: Goalball

The Goalball 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Wren. As ever, we put our three searching questions to the coin designer…read on to find out what he had to say! 1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? I haven’t but my wife received my 50 pence design as change for a coffee … Read more…