London 2012 olympic sports coin collection: A Brit-Filipino wins best design for Wrestling
IN JANUARY 2009, THE BRITISH ROYAL MINT launched the biggest ever competition that over 30,000 designs submitted from all over Britain, including Northern Ireland. This nationwide contest encouraged the British public to design a series of new 50-pence coins bearing a sport from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which include the following 29 sporting events: Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Goalball, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wrestling. The uncirculated 50p coin weighs 8 grams, 27.3o cm in diameter, and made of cupro-nickel alloy.
Few months ago, I found out that a Filipino was one of the lucky winners of the design competition. Rodrigo “Rod” Enriquez submitted his Wrestling coin design depicting his own personal idea about the game. Rod is currently based in London and I personally contacted him to ask about this outstanding achievement that brought another honor to our home country, the Philippines.
I am happy to share his thoughts, particularly the motivation to showcase his talent through this collectable 2012 olympic coin. In addition, I would like to acknowledge that the photos/images of Rod Enriquez with his winning Wrestling coin design were taken by Geoff Caddick and David Parry (PRESS ASSOCIATION).
WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION? I decided to join the competition for three main reasons. I always thought that if I had to move out of the UK it would be great to leave something behind that reminded me of my time in London as a Designer. Whilst hoping to be successful, I thought this competition couldn’t be more perfect! Secondly if I was successful with any type of design competition, at least there would be something that my native country, the Philippines, could be proud of too! Lastly, since London is such a melting pot of different cultures, I thought that being a British-Filipino I couldn’t be in a better position to get involved in this prestigious event.
WHAT BENEFITS/INCENTIVES OR REWARDS YOU RECEIVED AFTER WINNING? All 29 winners of the design competition saw our creative work on the backs of 50p pieces that will be used throughout the UK. They are all currently available to purchase online through the Royal Mint’s official website. And my design in particular has already been publicly circulated since last January 2011. Around 4 million copies per design will be circulated around the UK in different periods until the main event on 2012. Together with a cash prize, we saw our designs being added to the The Royal Mint’s private museum collection. We were also told that every coin created is also displayed permanently at the British National Museum. On top of that, each winner received the ‘one and only’ pure gold 50p coin with of our design.
ANY VOLUNTARY INVOLVEMENT DURING THE OLYMPICS NEXT YEAR? I haven’t thought about participating during the event in person as I am not sure if I’ll be in town during the entire event dates. Though it would be a good idea!
WOW, THIS IS REALLY A WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT FOR ROD! Thank you again for having time to answers those queries about your winning and we (Pinoys) are very proud of you! Actually, before I contacted Rod, I already purchased a dozen of these coins from Royal Mint, including his Wrestling design. My personal choice was based on the participation of the Philippines in the past Olympic games – what our country achieved in the Olympics in terms of medals and delegations. Im hoping that Rod will be able to sign my own memento that he designed himself as part of this once-in-a-lifetime sporting event.