Public competition to design 50p pieces for 2012

The Royal Mint is today launching a competition, open to all members of the public, to design a new 50p piece that celebrates the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The competition is open to all UK residents aged 13 or over, who will deliver 27 of the 29 final designs. BBC TV show Blue Peter is also launching a children’s competition for 6- to 12-year-olds to create a coin for athletics, and a coin for cycling will be chosen from secondary school entrants aged 13-19.

Winners of the competition will see their design on the backs of 50p pieces used nationwide, and will also receive a prize of £1000.

Entrants will be judged on the originality and creativity of their design, in addition to how well the design represents the sport and how the design will work on the coin.

The judging panel will be made up of independent experts, and representatives of the Royal Mint, London 2012 and the International Olympic Committee.

Applicants must submit their design by 24 April. Visit for more information.

The reaction of the design community to the public competition will be covered in tomorrow’s issue of Design Week.

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