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Olympic 50p designs unveiled

Posted on Wed, 13 October 2010 by Phil Mussell - General News, Coin News

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The biggest coin programme in the UK since decimalisation took another step forward today with the release of the 29 designs that members of the public will be able to look out for in their change over the next 18 months. Comprising a vast array of different Olympic and Paralympic sports the series will, we hope, capture the imagination of the "casual collector" as they check their change for the varieties.

Look out in COIN NEWS every month to see which coins are due for release - and let us know when you see one!

The first eight sports released this month to purchase are: Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey and Rowing. The next set of eight coins will be made available to purchase direct from the Royal Mint from next month. The remaining thirteen coins will then be released from the end of this year until the start of summer in 2011 However we are assured that they will also go into general circulation with up to 87 Million coins being available - will they regularly appear we wonder - or will they be squirrelled away....!!?