With 200 days to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the latest in a long line of impressive collector’s items have been revealed in the UK. The Royal Mint has created a series of new 50 pence coins dedicated to each of the 29 sports that will feature at the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. The coin for Hockey can be seen here on the right.

In January 2009, the Royal Mint launched a national competition inviting the British public to put forward designs for the series. The competition was a huge success, with over 30,000 designs being submitted from all over the UK. The best designs were selected and created into coins which will be lasting mementoes of the London 2012 Games.

The winner of the Hockey design competition was Robert Evans of Wales, who based his design on a series of photographs that he took of two University of Glamorgan hockey players in action.  Cardiff-based Evans entered the competition because he is passionate about sport and thought it was a fantastic way to get involved with London 2012.

To find out more about the 50p coin and how to get your hands on one, please click here.