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Judo 50p Coin Design

Judo Video Transcript

Tell us about yourself - and about the coin you designed
My name is David Cornell and I designed the Judo coin.

What got you interested in the competition?
When I saw the publicity about the competition and as a coin designer I thought I would have a go at doing a few of the designs, I did four and got selected for Judo which was my favourite subject because I used to do competitive Judo when I was in my twenties and the particular design that I did was the throw that I got thrown in a contest and I damaged my shoulder really badly and had to give it up so it’s something I’ve always had a hate, love relationship with because I hated having to stop doing Judo but I still love the sport.

Why did you choose Judo for your design?
I did contest Judo for many years and I got to a brown belt and in a contest to get my black belt I was thrown and you have to make a break fall to win a point and I didn’t want to lose the point so I didn’t make a break fall and I came down on my shoulder and damaged it really badly and so I had to bow out from Judo which is a shame.

What was the inspiration behind your idea?
That particular image I did as I used to work for the Royal Mint as an engraver, I did the design in a plaster because I wanted to transfer my engraving ability to the modelling side of it which was taking over from the engraving at that time and so I did that design in a very rough way as one of my first jobs to prove to myself that I could do it and so I went back to that original concept and still liked the idea that it was very active and that it was a favourite throw of mine so I understood it very well and I hope that I got it as accurate as can be.

How does it feel to know your coin is going to be in the pockets of millions of people for years to come?
It feels great to have a Judo fifty pence I have got other coins in circulation in the UK and all over the world, I have designed so many coins throughout my career, it was good to have one of the latest ones as I am now getting to the end of my career so it was good to still be able to do it.

How do you feel about being part of the London 2012 Olympic Games?
I like to be involved with the Olympics as I enjoy sport and used to be an athlete myself doing Judo so I really enjoy sport and watch all of the Olympics so it is nice to have a personal connection, I’m never going to win a gold medal, I never did but now I have one of my own . It was very interesting and exciting to see all the new designs from people who had never designed coins before coming up with really original, interesting graphic designs that worked well for a set of coins for the Olympics