With a history that dates back more than 90 years, the Commonwealth Games is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar and features the very best athletes from the countries of the Commonwealth.
A quadrennial event sandwiched neatly between Summer Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games provides athletes with a global platform seldom seen outside of Olympic competition, to test their skills against some of the finest competitors in the world.
Since its introduction in 1930, the Commonwealth Games has been a hub of athletic excellence and has featured some of the finest competitors to grace their respective sports. This year, the Games returns to England for the third time and will be held in the city of Birmingham for the very first time.
The motto for Birmingham 2022 is ‘Games for Everyone’, with a conscious focus on inclusivity. As a result, the 2022 event features the largest female and para-sport programme in the history of the Commonwealth Games and marks the first time that a major multi-sport event will feature more medal events for women than men.
Back on Track
Natasha Preece has worked at The Royal Mint since 2016 and currently works in the Product Design department. Following her design for the 2020 Remembrance Day coin, the Commonwealth Games coin is her second winning design through a Royal Mint Advisory Committee competition.
“The main challenge I faced while designing for this competition was how to make a design that reflected all of the sports involved in the event, all of the different people that competed and all the nations that took part. I wanted to stay away from using a person as the main focus as I wanted my design to be inclusive to everyone, and that would be hard to represent using one person.
“When I was designing this coin I was thinking about which areas of the design are going to be polished and frosted, I feel the library pattern on the coin creates beautiful areas of frosting and polishing. I’m really happy with the final outcome of the coin.”
Product Designer at The Royal Mint