The Royal Mint held a competition for art students to design the Official Paralympic UK £5 coin.

Students were challenged to create a design celebrating the capital’s role as host city of London 2012, which also included the Paralympic Games logo.

Pippa Sanderson, a graphic and media design graduate, submitted the winning design. She writes about the inspiration behind her concept of this evocative coin.

Capturing the excitement

“I believe the Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of sporting excellence. It brings athletes, people and countries together and inspires this amazing sense of collective pride.

Before putting pen to paper

Before I started to design the Paralympic £5 coin, I thought about what the Paralympic Games actually meant to me. From initial pencil sketches and a mind-mapping exercise, I came up with three words: accuracy, manoeuvrability and speed. This is what I wanted to visually communicate in my design.

Pippa Sandersons notebook

Final Paralympic Coin DesignModern interpretation of key skills

With the coin being circular, I played around with circles found in the Games. I decided on a spoked wheel for manoeuvrability, a target for accuracy and a stopwatch for speed. Then I split the design into these elements and added the clock face of Big Ben to represent London.

Intricacies of the medium

I thoroughly enjoyed the process and complexities of designing the Paralympic £5 coin. It certainly provided me with a real appreciation of the intricacies of designing for such a small medium. So now I can’t help but check my change for coins I want to collect.”

Be part of it

The Official Paralympic UK £5 coin perfectly captures the incredible spirit and energy of the London 2012 Paralympics Games.

Each Brilliant Uncirculated coin is presented in a specially designed and informative wallet that sits within a gold-foiled slipcase detailing the coin’s design and specifications.

They are only available for a limited time until 31 Dec 2012. Order yours while stocks last.