Here is a 50p made by me
Theo's coin will go into nation's pockets
By Emily Heward
TEENAGER has made history after his design for a
50p coin was given the Royal seal of approval.
Theo Crutchley-Mack, 16, is the first teenager
to design a British coin after winning a Royal
Mint competition to create a 50p piece for the
2012 London Olympics.
The Year 11 pupil at Rishworth School said: "The
thought of my design going out into the whole
world is absolutely amazing. It's a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I just can't
The keen trial biker, a member of Pedalsport,
Halifax, and Blazing Saddles, Hebden Bridge,
rose to the challenge by coming up with a
His creation, depicting a cyclist in a velodrome,
beat 3,000 other entries and was approved by the
Queen and Chancellor Alistair Darling to go into
general circulation. Up to three million of the
coins will be minted from the autumn as part of
a series representing Olympic and paralympic
Dave Knight, the Royal Mint's head of
commemorative designs, said: "You can see he
knows the subject and he has captured the
essence of speed, which is really hard to
portray in a drawing.
"It will stay in circulation for maybe 30 to 40
years but the actual coins will last forever.
They will long outlive us."
Theo won a one-off gold edition of his coin and
£10,000 for his school.
He said: "I would like some to go into the
cycling community but I'd also like some to go
into the art and design department. It has
definitely given me some of the skills to win
The coin was unveiled to his schoolmates in a
surprise assembly yesterday, when headmaster
Richard Baker congratulated the teenager on his
He said: "We are feeling immensely proud. He is
a fantastic role model for others and it is a
really remarkable achievement."