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Rowing 50p Coin Design

Rowing Video Transcript

Tell us about yourself - and about the coin you designed
My name is David Podimore, I’m from Stanford and I designed the Rowing coin.

How did you decide to enter this competition?
I had seen it on the London 2012 website and thought it sounded like an interesting way to be part of the Olympics; I’m a graphic designer so I’m interested in design anyway and also to be part of the Royal Mint’s history is a great achievement.

Why did you choose Rowing for your design?
I chose rowing because it’s a sport I like to watch, it’s an exciting race and I am a big fan of Steve Redgrave, I think he is a great Olympian.

What was the inspiration behind the design?
I wanted to get over the impression of that moment in time and the passion that the sport people put into the event, the whole ‘life has been working to this one moment, this one race’ I wanted to get a feeling for that passion and the fact that as they are rowing through the water that they are leaving an imprint in their wake so I researched the boat design and the rowers but I also wanted to include words to give a story so I added the typography as well.

How do you feel about your coin going into general circulation all over the UK?
I’m really excited about the coin being in general circulation and being part of the Royal Mint’s history as well as being part of the London 2012 Games as I think it is going to be such a massive thing for this country and being a small part of that makes me really excited.