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« on: October 13, 2010, 05:53:11 AM »
'Historic' New Coins To Mark London Olympics

The Royal Mint is issuing a new set of 50p coins celebrating the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 21 months' time.


Natasha Ratcliffe from Cornwall with her 50p coin for wheelchair rugby and handball

For the first time in the Mint's 1,100-year history, the coins have been designed by members of the public.
There are 29 designs altogether - one for each of the different sports that will feature in 2012.
As well as Olympic favourites like sailing, swimming and basketball, they show lesser-known sports such as goalball and boccia.
All the designs have been approved by the Queen and the Treasury.
A total of 87 million Olympic coins will enter circulation, so there should be more than enough to go round, says the Mint.

There was no shortage of contestants wanting to make their mark on Britain's currency heritage.
More than 30,000 designs were submitted earlier this year after the design competition was announced.
The winners come from across the UK and include a policeman from Manchester, a London journalist and a retired social worker from Derby.

They were chosen by a panel of independent experts and representatives from the Royal Mint, London 2012 and the International Olympic Committee.
A spokesman for the Mint said: "The release of the 29 Olympic 50ps is the largest simultaneous range of designs (we have) ever featured on a circulating coin.
"Since the 50 pence piece was introduced 41 years ago, when decimalisation was established, only 16 designs have ever featured on the heptagonal coin."

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I think its brilliant to have the paralympics depicted on a coin! Its about time.
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Re: 'Historic' New Coins To Mark London Paralympics/Olympics
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010, 08:21:39 AM »
Hi Steve - those coins must be for people with really deep pockets.

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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2010, 10:41:28 AM »
They are kind of big aren't they haha Don't worry Herb. I think they are making a smaller version for the likes of you and me.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2010, 09:41:41 PM »
Hi Steve - how are things  on your Irish farm? My mare is bred again. I am having a new socket made this week. I have been getting blisters when I work hard in hot weather. The hot weather is gone and we are having frosty weather now. I was cast in a different manner this time. They cast both upper legs simultaneously with the plaster going around both hips this time. Be well. Herb

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2010, 05:58:50 AM »
Where ever I go, I'll always have one foot in Ireland   /   I'm not a complete fool. Some parts are missing.

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2010, 12:21:54 PM »
No wonder we haven't heard a peep out of you for so long... you not only have turned actor on us BUT you have a girlfriend  ;)  Glad you are doing well and try to write more often ....PLEASE...tell us about your little filly. :)

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 05:21:36 AM »
No wonder we haven't heard a peep out of you for so long... you not only have turned actor on us BUT you have a girlfriend  ;)  Glad you are doing well and try to write more often ....PLEASE...tell us about your little filly. :)

Shes lovely. She has a huge personality and strength all wrapped up in a tiny body. She's 39 and has a little girl. We both naturally have auburn hair (mine is wavy and she has curls) so it can look like we're family (but we're not).
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2010, 04:30:13 PM »
Oh Steve.....this sounds alittle on the serious side  ???......anyway I am so glad you are not lonely anymore.  You know what personality is really what you need in a person BUT you have that AND good lookin'   ;)