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Bucks and Berks men win 50p design competition

PUBLISHED: 15:13 15 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 February 2013

Bucks and Berks men win 50p design competition

Bucks and Berks men win 50p design competition

Jonathan Wren of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, and Shane Abery of Reading have both created winning designs in a national competition organised by the Royal Mint.

Jonathan Wren of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, has created a winning design in a national competition organised by the Royal Mint. The competition was the biggest the Royal Mint has ever undertaken and offered the nation the once in a lifetime chance to design 29 coins of the realm depicting the 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports to be contested in London 2012.

With almost 30,000 entries submitted, Buckinghamshire has performed particularly well as a county with Jonathans winning design. His creation, for goalball, is one in a series of 29 officially licensed London 2012 50pcommemorative coins, designedby members of the public as lasting mementos of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Like every UK coin in use today, Jonathans design had to obtain final approval from the Treasury and Her Majesty The Queen.

Jonathan, a 25 year old animator, has travelled to the US for his job and lived in LA whilst working on DreamWorks films so his win is a great addition to his portfolio of work. Commenting on his win, Jonathan said, I'm extremely delighted and honoured to have a design that the Royal Mint have chosen to present in the form of a 50pence coin and connected to such a major event. Even my children will be able to appreciate it in years to come. It hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Shane Abery of Reading, Berkshire also has created a winning design for Boxing.

Shane, a 37 year old delivery driver, entered the competition after his children saw the advert on TV and wanted to take part. To encourage them, Shane said he would enter the adult competition but had no intention of sending it and was only persuaded after showing friends. He was inspired to design a coin to represent boxing because of his love of the sport. To ensure accuracy in the detail, Shane bought a pair of boxing gloves and experimented with them in different positions before settling on the final one.

Commenting on his win, Shane said: Knowing that I could in some way associate myself with the 2012 Olympics and that I had designed something that will leave a legacy for future generations of my family and become part of the British coin heritage is an amazing feeling.


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