Make History with Olympic Coin Competition

The British public is being invited to create a lasting memento for London 2012.

The Royal Mint is challenging the nation to come up with new designs for the 50 pence coin in celebration of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the country’s most significant sporting events for this generation. The opportunity to see your sport and your own artwork immortalised on the UK’s coinage is open to all UK residents over the age of 13 years, so put pen to paper and get inspired.


The Royal Mint Design Competition for London 2012 – for the Nation was officially launched  by the flipping of a giant 50 pence coin in Trafalgar Square, attended by Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards.

‘This is an amazing opportunity for the whole nation to be a part of London 2012 in a lasting, memorable way,’ comments Jonathan Edwards.  

As well as having their artistic abilities recognised on national currency, winners will receive £1,000 cash and a gold coin featuring their own design.  They will also be invited to see their design being transformed into actual UK coins at the Royal Mint.

For a list of permitted sporting themes and the full entry criteria and competition terms and conditions, visit

Design templates are downloadable upon registration, and all entries must be submitted on the provided template and should reach the Royal Mint no later than 24 April 2009. 

Further details of the secondary schools competition can be found at  


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