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London 2012

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Royal Mint was the official licensee for the manufacture of coins for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our full range included the impressive Gold Series of 22 carat gold coins, the four-year Countdown Series and the popular London 2012 sports collection of 50p coins.

The Royal Mint was also delighted to be awarded the prestigious contract to produce the Victory medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

50p sports collection

Olympic Games Handover Ceremony - £2

London 2012 Countdown - £5

Celebration of Britain - £5

Olympic & Paralympic Games - £5

Five-ounce coin - £10

Faster, Higher, Stronger - Gold Series

Kilo Coins

Victory Coins

50p sports collection

Coin ImageYear of IssueDesigner Information
Aquatics Coins 2011

Aquatics

A swimmer submerged in water, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Jonathan Olliffe

Archery 2011

Archery

A bow being drawn, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Piotr Powaga

Athletics 2009

Athletics

An athlete clearing a high jump bar, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Florence Jackson

Badminton 2011

Badminton

A shuttlecock and a diagram of badminton actions, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Emma Kelly

Basketball 2011

Basketball

Basketball players against the textured background of a large basketball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Sarah Payne

Boccia 2011

Boccia

A boccia player in a wheelchair throwing a ball, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Justin Chung

Boxing 2011

Boxing

A pair of boxing gloves against the background of a boxing ring, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Shane Abery

Canoeing 2011

Canoeing

A figure in a canoe on a slalom course, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Timothy Lees

Cycling 2011

Cycling

A cyclist in a velodrome, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Theo Crutchley-Mack

Equestrian 2011

Equestrian

A horse and rider jumping over a fence, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Thomas Babbage

Fencing 2011

Fencing

Two figures fencing, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Ruth Summerfield

Football 2011

Football

A diagrammatic explanation of the offside rule in football, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Neil Wolfson

Goalball 2011

Goalball

A goalball player throwing a ball, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Jonathan Wren

Gymnastics 2011

Gymnastics

A gymnast with a ribbon, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Jonathan Olliffe

Handball 2011

Handball

A handball player throwing a ball against the background of a handball court, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Natasha Ratcliffe

Hockey 2011

Hockey

Two hockey players challenging for the ball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Robert Evans

Judo 2011

Judo

A judo throw, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

David Cornell

Modern Pentathlon 2011

Modern Pentathlon

A montage of the five sports which form the modern pentathlon, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Daniel Brittain

Rowing 2011

Rowing

A rowing boat accompanied by a number of words associated with the Olympic movement, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Davey Podmore

Sailing 2011

Sailing

Three sailing boats accompanied by a map of the coast of Weymouth, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Bruce Rushin

Shooting 2011

Shooting

A figure shooting, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Pravin Dewdhory

Table Tennis 2011

Table Tennis

Two table tennis bats against the background of a table and net, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Alan Linsdell

Taekwondo 2011

Taekwondo

Two athletes engaged in Taekwondo, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

David Gibbons

Tennis 2011

Tennis

A tennis net and a tennis ball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Tracy Baines

Triathlon 2011

Triathlon

A montage of the three sports which form the triathlon, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Sarah Harvey

Volleyball 2011

Volleyball

Three figures playing beach volleyball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Daniela Boothman

Weightlifting 2011

Weightlifting

The outline of a weightlifter starting a lift, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Rob Shakespeare

Wheelchair Rugby 2011

Wheelchair Rugby

A wheelchair rugby player in action, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Natasha Ratcliffe

Wrestling 2011

Wrestling

Two figures wrestling in a stadium, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Roderick Enriquez

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Olympic Games Handover Ceremony - £2

Coin ImageYear of IssueDesign
Olympic Games Handover Ceremony - £2 2008

The Olympic Flag being passed from one hand to another, encircled by the inscription "BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012" and with the London 2012 logo below.

Edge Inscription:
I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

Designed by:
The Royal Mint Engraving Team

Handover to Rio
2012

A baton being passed from one hand to another, accompanied by the conjoined Union and Brazilian Flags. The design is set against the background of a running track motif, with the London 2012 logo above and the surrounding inscription “LONDON 2012 RIO 2016”.

Edge Inscription:
I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

Designed by:
Jonathan Olliffe

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London 2012 Countdown - £5

Coin ImageYear of IssueDesign
 
2009

3 years to go

Two swimmers as faceted figures, accompanied by the number "3", with a section of a clock-face to the right and the London 2012 logo to the left. The reverse design is surrounded by a plan view of the main Olympic Stadium, incorporating the date "2009" on the right-hand side, with the word "COUNTDOWN" above and the inscription "XXX OLYMPIAD" below.

Designed by:
Claire Aldridge BA

 
2010

2 years to go

Two runners as faceted figures, accompanied by the number "2", with a section of a clock-face to the right and below, and the London 2012 logo to the left. The reverse design is surrounded by a plan view of the main Olympic Stadium, incorporating the date "2010" at the bottom, with the word "COUNTDOWN" above and the inscription "XXX OLYMPIAD" below.

Designed by:
Claire Aldridge BA

 Countdown 1 year to go
2011

1 year to go

A cyclist as a faceted figure, accompanied by the number "1", with a section of a clock-face to the right, below and to the left, and the London 2012 logo to the right. The reverse design is surrounded by a plan view of the main Olympic Stadium, incorporating the date "2011" on the left-hand side, with the word "COUNTDOWN" above and the inscription "XXX OLYMPIAD" below.

Designed by:
Claire Aldridge BA

 Countdown Its Here
2012

Three athletes as faceted figures standing on a victory podium, with a section of a clock-face to the right, to the left and above, and the London 2012 logo to the right. The reverse design is surrounded by a plan view of the main Olympic Stadium, incorporating the date “2012” at the top, with the word “COUNTDOWN” above and the inscription “XXX OLYMPIAD” below.

Designed by:
Claire Aldridge BA

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Celebration of Britain: Mind, Body and Spirit - £5

Coin ImageYearDesign
 
2009

Mind - Big Ben

The clock-face of the Palace of Westminster accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Walter Bagehot, "Nations touch at their summits".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2009

Mind - Stonehenge

Stonehenge accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Blake, "Great things are done when men and mountains meet".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2009

Mind - Angel of the North

The Angel of the North accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Shakespeare, "I have touched the highest point of all my greatness".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2009

Mind - Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Shakespeare, "True hope is swift".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2009

Mind - Newton sculpture

Eduardo Paolozzi’s sculpture of Isaac Newton accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Shakespeare, "Make not your thoughts your prisons".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2009

Mind - Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Shakespeare, "We are such stuff as dreams are made on".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Body - Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Blake, "To see a world in a grain of sand".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Body - Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Alice Oswald, "When the stone began to dream".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Body - River Thames

The River Thames accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Tameless, and swift, and proud".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Body - Barn Owl

A barn owl accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Samuel Johnson, "The natural flights of the human mind".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Body - Oak

Oak leaves and an acorn accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "To strive, to seek… and not to yield".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Body - Weather-vane

A weather-vane accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Charlotte Brontë, "Never may a cloud come o’er the sunshine of your mind".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Spirit - Floral Emblems

The intertwined national floral emblems for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from John Lennon, "And the world will be as one".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Spirit - White Rabbit

The White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from T S Eliot, "All touched by a common genius".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Spirit - The Mall

A view down the Mall of cheering crowds accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Kind hearts are more than coronets".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Spirit - Churchill statue

The statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from Anita Roddick, "Be daring, be first, be different, be just".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Spirit - Musical Instruments sculpture

An arrangement of musical instruments based on a well-known sculpture accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, "All you need is love".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

 
2010

Spirit - Equiano

An image of the nineteenth-century anti-slavery campaigner Equiano accompanied by the London 2012 logo and a quotation from William Shakespeare, "To thine own self be true".

Designed by:
Shane Greeves

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Olympic & Paralympic Games - £5

Coin ImageYearDenominationDesign
 Official Olympic £5 2012 £5

Olympic Games

An image of the skyline of some of the most well-known landmarks and buildings in London reflected in the River Thames, with the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ above. Surrounding the skyline image is a selection of sports from the Games with the London 2012 logo at the top.

Designed by:
Saiman Miah

 Official Paralympic Coin 2012 £5

Paralympic Games

A design showing segments of a target, a spoked wheel, a stopwatch and the clock-face of the Palace of Westminster. The inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ appears on the target and the London 2012 Paralympic logo appears on the stopwatch

Designed by:
Pippa Sanderson

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Five-ounce coin - £10

Coin ImageYearDenominationDesign
 Five-Ounce 2012 £10

The winged horse Pegasus rearing up on its hind legs surrounded by the inscription ‘LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES’, the London 2012 logo and the date ‘2012’

Designed by:
Christopher Le Brun

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Faster, Higher, Stronger - Gold Series

Coin ImageYearDenominationDesign
  2010 £100

Faster - Neptune

An image of Neptune, accompanied by a depiction of the sport of sailing, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘NEPTUNE’ to the left, the Latin word for faster, ‘CITIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

  2010 £25

Faster - Mercury

An image of Mercury accompanied by a depiction of the sport of running, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘MERCURY’ to the left, the Latin word for faster, ‘CITIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

  2010 £25

Faster - Diana

An image of Diana accompanied by a depiction of the sport of cycling, specifically pursuit racing, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘DIANA’ to the left, the Latin word for faster, ‘CITIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

  2011 £100

Higher - Jupiter

An image of Jupiter accompanied by a depiction of the sport of diving, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘JUPITER’ to the left, the Latin word for higher, ‘ALTIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

  2011 £25

Higher - Juno

An image of Juno accompanied by a depiction of the sport of pole vaulting, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘JUNO’ to the left, the Latin word for higher, ‘ALTIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

  2011 £25

Higher - Apollo

An image of Apollo accompanied by a depiction of the sport of rhythmic gymnastics, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘APOLLO’ to the left, the Latin word for higher, ‘ALTIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

 Gold Series Mars 2012 £100

Stronger – Mars

An image of Mars accompanied by a depiction of the sport of boxing, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘MARS’ to the left, the Latin word for stronger, ‘FORTIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

 Gold Series Vulcan 2012 £25

Stronger – Vulcan

An image of Vulcan accompanied by a depiction of the sport of hammer throwing, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘VULCAN’ to the left, the Latin word for stronger, ‘FORTIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

 Gold Series Minerva 2012 £25

Stronger – Minerva

An image of Minerva accompanied by a depiction of the sport of javelin throwing, with the Olympic Rings above, the name ‘MINERVA’ to the left, the Latin word for stronger, ‘FORTIUS’, to the right, and the inscription ‘LONDON 2012’ below.

Designed by:
John Bergdahl

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Kilo Coins

Coin ImageYearDenominationDesign
 Gold Kilo 2012 £1000

Gold

Individual pieces of sporting equipment encircled by a laurel wreath of victory.

Designed by:
Anthony Caro

 Silver Kilo 2012 £500

Silver

Celebratory pennants and the inscription ‘XXX OLYMPIAD’ surrounded by the epigram ‘UNITE OUR DREAMS TO MAKE THE WORLD A TEAM OF TEAMS’.

Designed by:
Tom Phillips

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Victory Medals

The design competitions for the Victory medals were organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), and the winning designs were selected by an independent panel, chaired by Sir John Sorrell, appointed by LOCOG.

Olympic Games

 
 
 

The medals' circular form is a metaphor for the world. The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery of the Summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Panathinaiko Stadium to arrive in the host city.

The design for the reverse features five symbolic elements:

  • The curved background implies a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre.
  • The core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern city, and is deliberately jewel-like.
  • The grid suggests both a pulling together and a sense of outreach – an image of radiating energy that represents the athletes' efforts.
  • The River Thames in the background is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon, adding a sense of celebration.
  • The square is the final balancing motif of the design, opposing the overall circularity of the design, emphasising its focus on the centre and reinforcing the sense of 'place' as in a map inset.

Designed by David Watkins

LOCOG press release, 27 July 2011

Paralympic Games

The obverse side of the medal represents ‘Spirit in motion’. The image struck into the obverse surface of the Paralympic medal is an imagined close-up section of an outstretched wing of the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, which has been depicted on the front of the Olympic medal since 2004. This image represents forward flight, power and lightness - a natural metaphor for the spirit of the Paralympic Games.

The reverse of the medal represents ‘The heart of victory’. A depiction of the area close to the heart of the Greek Goddess of Victory is symbolically chosen to reflect inclusion and togetherness at an historical event. To further the concept of modernity and 5th century BC authenticity, the reverse is overlaid with textural qualities moulded directly from the plaster cast of ‘The Nike of Paionios’ which resides in the British Museum Cast Collection.

Designed by Lin Cheung

LOCOG press release, 19 September 2011 

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