Issue date: 2011
Quantity minted: 2,179,000
Circulated average condition: 75p
Circulated excellent condition: £5.00
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A swimmer submerged in water. Designed by Jonathan Olliffe.
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.
More about the Aquatics 50p
Issued as one of the 29 Olympic 50p designs to commemorate the games in London 2012. Each 50p features a different Olympic sport.
The winning designer for the Aquatics 50p was by Jonathan Olliffe from Oxford, who also designed the Gymnastics 50p.
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 swimming pool – 2 silver and 1 gold.
The Aquatics Error Coin
The original design by Jonathan Olliffe featured water flowing across the swimmer’s face. This was re-worked by the Royal Mint, showing less water and making the swimmer’s face clearer.
A small number of coins were accidentally released into circulation with the original design. It remains unknown as to exactly how many of these error coins were mistakenly made, which makes them even more valuable to a collector.