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Started by Figleaf, February 10, 2010, 12:38:08 PM

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Boy's cycling design chosen for Olympic 50p coin
Page last updated at 16:30 GMT, Tuesday, 9 February 2010

A design by a West Yorkshire teenager has been chosen from more than 3,000 entries to become a new 50p coin inspired by the Olympic Games.

Theo Crutchley-Mack, 16, from Halifax, said it was "absolutely amazing" that his picture of a cyclist in a velodrome was chosen by the Royal Mint.

His design was also seen and approved by the Queen.

Up to three million of Theo's coins will be released into circulation later this year.

"Just the thought of my design going throughout England and millions of people seeing my design, that's just absolutely amazing, I can't think of much better than that," Theo said.

Dave Knight, head of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, explained the judges' choice. "It's a very good design, irrespective of Theo's age, it is very good," he said. "It is technically very proficient, and he has really captured the essence of speed and cycling in general," he said.

Theo was awarded with a special commemorative gold coin featuring his design.

The teenager, who is a keen cyclist himself, described how the picture had been lost under a pile of papers before his mother found it and encouraged him to send it in to the competition.

Theo's coin is the second in a series of 29 officially licensed commemorative Olympic 50p coins. The first was created by nine-year-old Florence Jackson and unveiled in October last year.

Each coin in the series depicts a different Olympic and Paralympic sport, with the remaining 27 coins to be announced later this year.

Source: BBC
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The complete serie are ¡29 coins! This hobby is very expensive  ::)
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Quote from: juantrillo on February 10, 2010, 03:06:36 PM
The complete serie are ¡29 coins! This hobby is very expensive  ::)

Yes, you'd think that everyone would learn a lesson from the flood of U.S. Olympic commemoratives in the middle of 1990s, but the British mint took it a step further.


(29, not 129, but that's bad enough.)

Or Australia, or Canada with the winter games. Collect commemoratives with the objective to be "complete" and you become a cash cow for some mint trying to survive world minting overcapacity. It's better to buy selectively.

I also think the design is not bad at all, but it gives me the funny feeling that this young artist made a sketch of some sports photograph. Not that it matters, because originality was not a criterion...

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.