Sarah's design is just mint!
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 October 2010 | UPDATED: 13:53 25 October 2010
A TALENTED Weston woman's Olympic design will go down in history as one of 29 to feature on the flip side of limited edition 50 pence coins.
Mum-of-one Sarah Harvey found out earlier this year that her triathlon creation had been selected out of 30,000 designs by the Royal Mint to mark the Olympics coming to London in 2012.
Twenty nine new coins have been released into circulation, each featuring the work of members of the public who entered a national competition last year.
Sarah, a graphic designer who is now based in London, said: “I was very pleased when I found out my design had been chosen.
“It’s not just going to be in circulation but it is part of the history and marks a place in time when London hosts the Olympics.”
Sarah, aged 36, entered the Royal Mint competition in April last year after her colleague recommended it to her.
Each limited edition coin represents an Olympic and Paralympic sport that will feature at the 2012 games.
The 29 coins appearing in 2010 and 2011 are the biggest, concurrent range of designs the Royal Mint has ever featured on a circulating coin.
And like every UK coin in use today, each design also had to obtain final approval from the Queen.
Sarah, a former Worle Community School pupil, added: “I only spent a couple of hours one lunchtime designing it so I was shocked my design was chosen.
“I thought it would be a bit more challenging to get three sporting activities on the small 50p coin and I was very happy with my design.”
Sarah, who studied a BTEC in graphic design at Weston College before gaining a degree from Staffordshire University, was presented with an 18-carat rose gold coin depicting her design to commemorate the occasion.
Her parents Sid and Shirley Harvey, of Milton, said they are ‘extremely proud’ of their daughter.
Dave Knight, the Royal Mint’s director of commemorative coin, said: “Every one of our 29 winners is making history. Their coins will become treasured mementos of the biggest sporting event to happen on UK shores in a generation, and will be around for generations to come.”