Dan's Coin Design Celebrates Changing Olympics

1 February 2011

Dan Brittain

Dan Brittain with his winning design. Image courtesy of PA.

The London Olympic Games has a new 50p coin design thanks to a University of Derby graduate.

Dan Brittain (25) from Field Lane, Alvaston, Derby 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 a once in a life time opportunity to design a 50p piece showing the 29 Olympic and Paralympics sports to be played out at the London 2012 games.

Dan, who graduated from the University of Derby's BSc (Hons) Computing degree course in 2010, was one of almost 30,000 entrants. His design represents the five sports of the modern pentathlon; 200m freestyle swimming, epee fencing, pistol shooting and a 3km cross country run.

His design is part of a series of 29 officially licensed London 2012 50p commemorative coins, designed by members of the public as lasting mementos of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Like every UK coin in use today, their designs had to obtain final approval from the Treasury and Her Majesty The Queen.

Dan, who now works as a web developer for creative design and marketing agency Masters Allen based in Leicester said: "It's a great honour to have my design chosen to commemorate this huge event, I am very proud."

Each winning designer received £1,000 prize money and the only gold version of their 50p design in the world.

Look out for Dan's design in your change as it's on millions of 50p coins in general circulation from the Royal Mint now. It is part of the set of 29 designs available to buy online from the Royal Mint and where you can watch Dan talking about his design http://www.royalmint.com/sportscollection .

For further media information please contact Alumni Relations Officer Laura Ratcliffe on 01332 591368 or 07768 091248, or email l.ratcliffe@derby.ac.uk.

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