I think the new Olympic coin is bloomin’ sexist. It represents a sexist Britain. And it stinks.
As a cyclist, we are supposed to think ‘wow, they are actually putting a bike on a coin’, well, yes that is certainly something, but the design is unsuitable for the modern day Olympics, after all, women cyclists were in it too. It fails to represent half the population of cyclists – women.
I will boycott the coin and ask for the shops to give me a different form of change instead.
“A teenager’s design featuring a cyclist in a velodrome has been accepted as the new face of an Olympics-inspired 50p coin.
Theo Crutchley-Mack, 16, from Halifax was delighted to learn that his design had been chosen from 5,000 entries by the Royal Mint.
Up to three million of the new coins will be released into circulation later this year.
“Just the thought of my design going throughout England and millions of people seeing my design, that’s just absolutely amazing, I can’t think of much better than that,” Theo told the BBC.
Dave Knight, head of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, explained why the design had been chosen. “It’s a very good design,” he said, “and it is technically very proficient. He has really captured the essence of speed and cycling in general.”