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Fencing 50p Coin Design

Fencing Video Transcript

Tell us about yourself - and about the coin you designed
I’m Ruth Summerfield, I’m from Stoke on Trent and I designed the coin for fencing.

What got you interested in the competition?
I decided to enter the competition when I was working a night shift at the hospital where I work, on my break I was reading the paper and saw the advert so I worked on it during breaks on my night shift and came up with the coin I designed.

What was the inspiration behind your idea?
I don’t play any sport myself but I have a friend who fences and which gave me the initial idea and I tried to pick a sport where the body makes interesting and dramatic shapes as I thought it would translate well onto a coin.

How does it feel to know your coin is going to be in the pockets of millions of people for years to come?
The most exciting thing I think is that I can go to my local supermarket, get my change and there is something that I have made in my hand is the best bit and the fact that it will be in circulation for a long time for me is the most exciting part of it.

How do you feel about being part of the London 2012 Olympic Games?
This is a different way to be involved in the Olympics I’m not a sports woman and my family of boys are sports mad, they play it and watch it and I don’t so it’s nice to be involved in it with something that I’m good at rather than sport which I’m not very good at.