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Coin bears nine-year-old's design

Florence Jackson shows off her design
Florence Jackson's design is the 17th to appear on the 50p

The Royal Mint is due to unveil the first UK coin designed by a child, which will enter circulation next year.

Florence Jackson, nine, from Bristol, beat 17,000 other entries to win a BBC One Blue Peter competition celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Her high-jump motif is the first in a series of 29 officially-licensed 50p designs to commemorate the Olympics.

She said: "It was amazing to... see my picture turned into a coin. I can't wait to see it in my pocket money."

'Honoured'

Her design, which will also feature the official London 2012 logo, will be revealed on Blue Peter on Tuesday.

THE ROYAL MINT
The winning design
More than 1,100 years old, it was based in the Tower of London from the late 13th century
It moved to nearby Tower Hill in 1812 and in 1967 to its current site in Llantrisant, South Wales
28.2 billion UK coins are currently thought to be in circulation
1.3 billion were issued in the UK during 2008-9
Of the higher denominations, the 20p is most in demand, with more than 2.4 billion doing the rounds

Florence was joined by Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis and Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere to strike her first coin at the Royal Mint.

She said: "I'm so excited. It was a real surprise to win. I'd never entered a Blue Peter competition before, but really wanted to take part because I love drawing.

"I chose the high-jump because I'd watched it on TV before and thought it looked fun."

Ms Lewis said: "Florence has done all Olympians and Paralympians proud. Her design is simple and effective and I'm honoured to say I saw it first."

The remaining 28 designs for the special 50p coins will each depict a different Olympic or Paralympic sport.

The youngest person to have previously designed a UK coin was 26-year-old Matthew Dent from Bangor in Gwynedd last year.

Florence's winning design is the 17th to appear on the 50p.



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