London 2012 Cycling

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Specifications

Issued 2011
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Theo Crutchley-Mack
Edge Plain
Inscription 50 Pence
Mintage 2,090,500
B.U card
£2.99
2011
 

Design details:

I have spoken to Theo (27/04/18) For his story about the design of the coin.

Some of the answers to my questions with Theo, which is still ongoing.
As a 16 year old student at Rishworth School in West Yorkshire he entered the competition to design the cycling fifty pence.

As far as Theo is aware he was the only student from his school that entered the competition, his Dad saw the competition advertised and showed it to him, his winning design netting him £1000 and his school a whopping £10,000, he invested the money in his current studio that he still works in today. He insisted that the money for the school was spent on local cycling charities rather than the school itself.

He has not done any other designs for coins since, his interests have shifted into more of a painterly practice now, although the tighter design approach will always hold a small place in his work, he used to work in a supermarket and remembers the day he found his coin in his hand, it was a strange experience to say the least, he had a full tour of the Royal Mint and was the first to press the button for his coin, he also placed his design into the Royal Mintís extensive collection of coins, His design wasnít altered in any way and he watched as they transferred his work into the computer software which was very satisfying to watch.

Theo will try to dig out his original sketches and send me copies.

Cycling was Team GBís most successful event at the 2012 Games. Between track and road events, a total of eight gold medals were won with Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins leading the charge. The winning design chosen by the Royal Mint belonged to Theo Crutchley-Mack, an art sudent and keen cyclist from Yorkshire. Theo studied BA (Hons) Drawing at Falmouth University in Cornwall. This locations history allowed him to develop a keen interest in ruins and abandonment, which is now linked closely to his practice.

 

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