In 2011 the Aquatics Olympic 50p depicting a swimmer underwater was
redesigned by the Royal Mint to make the swimmer’s face more visible.
However, before the change was made, a small number of coins were struck
with the original design. they sell for a premium on auction sites.
Swimming dates back to the inaugural Games in Athens in 1896, and nowadays
men and women compete in a wide range of disciplines between 50m and
1500m. In 2012, team GB picked up a total of 3 medals in the pool - 2
silver and 1 gold. The Aquatics (Swimming) 50p was designed by metal
sculptor Jonathan Oliffe. I spoke to Jonathan April 2019 about his design
and process, the Royal Mint requested the design to be changed which he
agreed to, he left it up to the mint to make the changes.