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!

The 27 winners of the competition come from all walks of life. Some were already familiar with the art industry, working in jobs such as architecture and design, but many other entered the competition as complete amateurs, such as delivery driver Shane Abery who designed the boxing coin, and wrestler-turned-policeman Rob Shakespeare who can now see his weightlifting design brought to life.

People of all ages were welcome to take part in the competition. 9-year-old Florence Jackson, who won the Blue Peter design competition, is the youngest ever person to have a coin of their own design released into circulation.

The fact that the coins have been released into general circulation means that everyone in the country can get involved in collecting, regardless of budget. All that is needed is to check your loose change and start gathering as many designs as you can. The collection is already proving hugely popular so we released a FREE London 2012 50p collector album to meet demand and shared our tips on collecting them on this blog.

The memories of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games will stay with generations of people in Great Britain for decades, and the 50p coin collection is the perfect keepsake.

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic 50p sports collectionLondon 2012 50p Complete Folder with 29 50ps and Completer Medallion

  • Full set of 29 50p coins plus Completer Medallion
  • Higher quality than coins in your pocket
  • Plus superb collector album

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Our questions for YOU!

How have you enjoyed collecting the 50p coins in circulation?

Are you ready for our next coin collecting challenge?

What tips do you have for other collectors?

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  • michael black

    I think the coins are brill im only short of 5 how do i get them please

  • Mark

    19 down, 10 to go. Got everyone looking out for them. Great excitement when I get a text or a call from someone who has found one. It’s a good trick not to say if you’ve already got it – keep ’em keen!!

    • jamesroyalmint

      I think getting your friends to help you with the hunt is definitely the best way to find them. It can be tricky convincing them to let them go sometimes though :-D

  • Lynne

    managed to get two more today, only 8 to go :)

  • Paul

    I need the following Olympic coins coins

    Modern Pentathlon



    Wheelchair Rugby

    I also have a spare Olympic album I will swop

    • Ian

      I have

      Modern Pentathlon

      I would like

      Wheelchair Rugby


      • laura

        I have wheelchair rugby spare and need modern pentathlon

        • Ian

          Yes please, how do we move forward?

      • Paul

        Ian goto and find my post it near the top Paul Vincent and mail me

    • lawrence

      sorry dont have any of the ones you need im a new collector starting a bit late i have volleyball archery table tennis and cycling any chance i can i have the album its gone off sale :(

    • stillcollecting

      I have a spare taekondo and weightlifting, do you want to swap with your wrestling coin?

    • AlbumWanter

      Do you still have the spare Olympic album because if you do I have four of the coins you requested.

  • laura

    I am loving collecting them, I only have 5 left to collect but finding it tricky now!!!

    • stillcollecting

      Hi, do you have any spare wrestling coin? what are you looking for..i have lots of spare coins. perhaps we can swap?

  • Kirsty

    We need boxing canoeing gymnastics sailing basketball fencing football table tennis and wheelchair rugby we have to swop hockey volleyball equestrian modern pentathlon shooting and taekwondo

    • Abivendhan

      I have gymnastics and fencing I wid like equisterian and shooting

      • Kirsty

        How do we go about swoping

        • Abivendhan

          I live in Wolverhampton wat abt u?

          • Kirsty

            Wales could post?

          • Abivendhan

            Yeah we can.. This is my mail I’d we can continue further discussion there

          • Abivendhan

            I am sending a couple of others the coins tomorrow so if u r interested can do it for u too gave the mail id so that we can swap addresses

  • Andrea

    Does anyone have a spare album they’d swop for coins?

  • Great collection, any chance of some more albums being made available?

    • Hi Jane, sorry but we can’t make any more albums. I wish we could!

  • Hi I am looking for an Olympic 50p Album, as mine went missing in the post and the Royal Mint are unable to replace it – Can anyone help PLEASE.

  • i have loads of extra coins if anyone needs any will swap for face value as i dont want anymore back as i have 10 sets all ready.