In advance of the London 2012 Olympics, the Royal Mint held a coin design competition to produce a series of 50 pence pieces on an Olympic sports theme. The competition was open to anyone, and it resulted in 29 pieces and introduced the youngest ever designer of United Kingdom coinage at just nine years old. Click on any of the coins below for more information on the designs and interviews with the artists involved.

For mintage figures please visit the Royal Mint website

Aquatics

Aquatics

Designer: Jonathan Olliffe

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Archery

Archery

Designer: Piotr Powaga

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Athletics

Athletics

Designer: Florence Jackson

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Badminton

Badminton

Designer: Emma Kelly

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Basketball

Basketball

Designer: Sarah Payne

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Boccia

Boccia

Designer: Justin Chung

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Boxing

Boxing

Designer: Shane Abery

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Canoeing

Canoeing

Designer: Timothy Lees

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Cycling

Cycling

Designer: Theo Crutchley-Mack

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Equestrian

Equestrian

Designer: Thomas Babbage

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Fencing

Fencing

Designer: Ruth Summerfield

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Football

Football

Designer: Neil Wolfson

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Goalball

Goalball

Designer: Jonathan Wren

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Designer: Jonathan Olliffe

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Handball

Handball

Designer: Natasha Ratcliffe

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Hockey

Hockey

Designer: Robert Evans

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Judo

Judo

David Cornell

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Modern Pentathlon

Modern Pentathlon

Designer: Daniel Brittain

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Rowing

Rowing

Designer: Davey Podmore

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Sailing

Sailing

Designer: Bruce Rushin

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Shooting

Shooting

Designer: Pravin Dewdhory

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Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Designer: Alan Linsdell

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Taekwondo

Taekwondo

Designer: David Gibbons

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Tennis

Tennis

Designer: Tracy Baines

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Triathlon

Triathlon

Designer: Sarah Harvey

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Volleyball

Volleyball

Designer: Daniela Boothman

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Weightlifting

Weightlifting

Designer: Rob Shakespeare

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Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby

Designer: Natasha Ratcliffe

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Wrestling

Wrestling

Designer: Roderick Enriquez

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