Two British students have had the honour of designing the official UK coins to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The two designs – one for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games – will soon be in the hands of Games enthusiasts around the world, ahead of next summer’s Games.

Since the Helsinki summer Olympic Games in 1952 it has been tradition for commemorative coins to be struck in celebration of the Games. Now, 24-year-old architectural student Saiman Miah from Birmingham, and mature graphic and media design graduate Pippa Sanderson from Malvern, Worcestershire, have joined the artistic elite creating two £5 coins which will be permanent and much-treasured mementos of London 2012. As well as the honour of designing the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Coins the winners also receive £5,000 prize money.

The winning designs were selected following a Royal Mint competition for art and design students attending higher education colleges and universities across the UK. Students were challenged to create a design celebrating the capital’s role as host city of London 2012, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games logos. Designs were requested that could be symbolic or literal and could involve the use of emblems or lettering.

To purchase a coin or for further information on the Royal Mint’s full London 2012 collection, please visit www.royalmint.com.