A new 50p coin celebrating equestrianism has been launched by the Royal Mint in the build-up to the London Olympic Games.
The coin, which features a jumping horse, is one of 29 designed by members of the public to represent the 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports to be contested in 2012.
The equestrian-themed coin was created by Thomas Babbage of Shipston-on-Stour.
Dave Knight, the Royal Mint's director of commemorative coins, said: "The coins will become treasured mementos of the biggest sporting event to happen on UK shores for over half a century and we hope will encourage a new generation of collectors.
"Every coin captures the spirit, excitement and passion of the Olympics and Paralympics. In isolation each is a work of art, together they are an inspirational portrait of a sporting phenomenon."
Thomas' design will be found on millions of 50p coins in people's change from this month, when the Royal Mint's London 2012 sports collection goes into general circulation.
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