London 2012 Weightlifting

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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

Rob Shakespeare

Edge Plain
Inscription 50 Pence
Mintage 1,879,500
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Design details:

The practice of lifting heavy stones to determine one's strength commenced in ancient times, and featured in the first modern Olympics in 1896. Olympic weightlifting consists of two movements, first the snatch, then the clean jerk. The 50p was designed by Rob Shakespeare, a police officer and past weightlifter.

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