Olympic Commemorative Coins Revealed
It has been decided that two commemorative £5 coins will help the UK to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games.
The design of the coins have now been revealed and one was designed by Saiman Miah, who is a masters student at Birmingham School of Architecture. The design portrays a sweep of the London skyline and denotes the Olympics.
The second coin was designed by Hereford College of Arts graduate Pippa Sanderson, of Malvern, Worcestershire. She designed a coin that helps to celebrate the Paralympics, this coin shows a stopwatch, a target and a wheel.
The designs were both chosen from entries from students and now that the winners have been chosen the Royal Mint will now put the coins into production.
The two coins are very modern and hope to inspire and capture the excitement of the games. The coins also show some of London’s iconic buildings such as Big Ben.
Both of the designers have said that they are delighted that their designs have been chosen and that they are going to be immortalised in coins that will last forever.
The coins mark a tradition where the host nation will produce a commemorative coin. The tradition started back in Helsinki in 1952.