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Coin: the new fifty pence piece

Coin: the new fifty pence piece

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Coin: the new fifty pence piece

Five million 50p coins supporting Team GB Olympic athletes will soon start turning up in people's loose change, the Royal Mint has revealed.

Bearing the figure of a swimmer, the coins have been struck for distribution to banks and cash centres, and will make their way into the public's pockets.

Swimmer Jazz Carlin previously made a trip to the Mint to strike a commemorative precious metal version, with the gold edition available to buy online, priced £755.

Welcoming the move, Anne Jessopp, the Royal Mint's director of commemorative coin, said "We are thrilled to be able to show our support for Team GB in this way."

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