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Commonwealth Games 50 pence piece struck

May 26, 2014

A Commonwealth Games 50 pence piece has been struck by Welsh 400m hurdler and European champion Rhys Williams.

The special coin was released during the latest stage of the Queen's Baton Relay, in Wales.

About five million of the special coins, featuring an impression of a cyclist and a sprinter on the reverse, will be put into circulation in the UK.

The design, created by Alex Loudon and Dan Flashman, includes a stylised Saltire and and lettering inspired by artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Shane Bissett, the Royal Mint's director of commemorative coin and bullion, said: "For over 1,000 years the Royal Mint has been producing British coins that have recorded the passing of history, documenting changes in monarchs, customs and national themes.

"We are thrilled to be able to show our support for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and have the opportunity to commemorate this historical event on both commemorative and circulating coinage."

The Queen's baton is nearing the end of its journey across 70 Commonwealth nations and territories before the opening ceremony on July 23 at Celtic Park.

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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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