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Royal Mint public competition for 2012 Olympics

Discussion in 'Tenders & Services Required Forum:' started by Greg, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    The Royal Mint is launching a competition, open to all members of the public, to design a new 50p piece that celebrates the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The competition is open to all UK residents aged 13 or over, who will deliver 27 of the 29 final designs. BBC TV show Blue Peter is also launching a children’s competition for 6- to 12-year-olds to create a coin for athletics, and a coin for cycling will be chosen from secondary school entrants aged 13-19. (29 sports in total, one goes out to the Blue Peter competition, another to the secondary schools competition and the remaining 27 are going out to the general public)

    Winners will see their design on the backs of 50p pieces used nationwide, and will also receive a prize of £1000.

    Entrants will be judged on the originality and creativity of their design, in addition to how well the design represents the sport and how the design will work on the coin. The judging panel will be made up of independent experts, and representatives of the Royal Mint, London 2012 and the International Olympic Committee.

    Applicants must submit their design by 24 April.
    Visit for more information.

    There's also a video about the competition on the site linked above and direct on YouTube:
  2. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    I'm thinking of entering for the basketball one :)
    Anyone else going to have a go at this?

    Imagine winning, wouldn't it be great to say you designed a coin that's in circulation!
  3. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member

    And a grand for the winner.

    £1000 and 50p.

  4. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Oh yeah and that!
    £1000 and a gold 50p! :D
  5. berry

    berry Active Member

    May the 50p coin should be in the shape of that bloody awful logo!
  6. tbwcf

    tbwcf Active Member

    What they fail to mention is that the winner will be paid the £1,000 prize money in 50p coins....
  7. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    pre-circulation coins... :p
  8. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    :lol: lol, so assuming they're not pre-circulation, is anyone else going to have a go at this competition?
  9. dot design

    dot design Member

  10. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Interesting question, blog post and discussion Gareth, I personally think it is fair, as from what I've seen of the competition (watching the videos a few days ago) it's the idea & inspiration that they're looking for, so in my mind that's a pretty level playing field. Clearly whilst design professionals have more experience in generating ideas for new designs, I don't see this as a clear advantage. I guess we'll only really know for sure when the winners are chosen!
  11. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Further reaction from the Royal Society of Arts Emily Campbell about public competitions in general and specific mention regarding the Royal Mint competition that has been causing some controversy (as Dot Design posted about on his blog) - RSA?s Campbell speaks out for public contests - Design Week

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