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Natasha Ratcliffe
Natasha Ratcliffe's two designs will feature on the new coins

A Cornish sculptor has won the ultimate accolade.

Natasha Ratcliffe's designs will pass through the hands and the pockets of the entire nation in the next few months.

Artist Natasha from Falmouth has had not just one but two of her designs accepted by the Royal Mint for 50p coins.

They are being issued this month ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

One of Natasha's designs

Natasha spoke of her delight on BBC Radio Cornwall's breakfast show. To listen to her chat with James Churchfield click on the audio link on the right.

It's an amazing achievement, given that the national competition attracted around 30,000 entries.

The coins each feature one of 29 sports on the reverse and have been designed by people from England and Wales.

The 50 pence pieces feature well-known sports such as sailing, swimming and basketball, but also lesser-known disciplines including handball and the Paralympic sport boccia.

Natasha's winning designs had to obtain final approval from the Treasury and the Queen.

The coins will be officially in circulation from Wednesday 13 October.




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