The Royal Mint hosts Queen’s Baton Relay as first Glasgow 2014 coin is struck
25 May 2014
The Royal Mint Plays Host to The Queen’s Baton Relay as the First Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p is Struck
Welsh 400m hurdler and European Champion, Rhys Williams, kicked off day two of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Wales by striking the first Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games circulating 50 pence coin at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant. After a successful first day touring the Welsh valleys, the baton was met by Williams who was excited to be part of the celebrations.
This year’s 20th Commonwealth Games will see thousands of athletes competing in 17 sports from hockey to lawn bowls across 11 days in the city of Glasgow. The Royal Mint has already commemorated this iconic sporting event by releasing a special edition Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p piece, and today’s baton relay heralds the start of production of around 5 million of the circulating version of the coin.
A team of baton bearers representing The Royal Mint during the relay included Product Marketing Manager, Kerry Willecome, who was part of the team who developed the commemorative coin packaging.
Designers Alex Loudon and Dan Flashman took two of the most iconic sports – athletics and cycling – and added the Saltire of Scotland and lettering inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create a dynamic design for the coin.
Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and Bullion, added, “For over 1,000 years, The Royal Mint has been producing British coins that have recorded the passing of history, documenting changes in monarchs, customs and national themes. We are thrilled to be able to show our support for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and have the opportunity to commemorate this historical event on both commemorative and circulating coinage”.
Lord Smith, chairman of Glasgow 2014, said: "In less than three months’ time the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted will be under way. We are delighted that The Royal Mint have chosen to mark the occasion with a special coin”.