East Lancashire mum's Olympic artwork immortalised by the Royal Mint
11:30am Thursday 28th June 2012 in By Lisa Woodhouse, Assistant picture editor
A MUM-of-two has had her Olympic artwork immortalised by the Royal Mint on the new 50p coin.
While on maternity leave, Daniela Boothman, 25, saw an advert encouraging people to design their own Olympic-themed 50 pence piece.
Her volleyball design was one of 29 winning efforts from more than 30,000 submitted from across the country.
Daniela, who works in customer services for Barclays bank, said: “I studied art and graphics at school and got an A* in both. I didn’t pursue art after that but my graphics teacher told me to not to let my talent go to waste.
“I like drawing and graphics and this was a perfect way of combining the two.”
Daniela, who has just received a first class honours degree in business studies from the University of Central Lancashire, said she still gets excited when she is handed one of the coins she designed.
The former Parklands High School and Brunshaw College student, who lives in Clayton-le-Woods, said: “The guys at work look out for my 50 pence pieces. We do get quite a few through the tills.
“Whenever I get a 50p, I check it to see if it’s my design. A lot of people I know let me know when they have got one of my coins in their change.
“Not many people can say they have designed for the Royal Mint.”
The competition was held in 2009 when she was on maternity leave with her son Samuel, now three.
She also has a daughter called Carla, now seven.
Speaking about the design she said: “I wanted to enter one of the more obscure sports. The volleyball was one of the sports that instantly stood out.”
Daniela and husband Carl were invited to the Royal Mint to see how her design was transferred into a press for the silver coins.
She was presented with a gold version of the coin, sporting her design.
Daniela’s design is one of 29 produced to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, each featuring a different sport.
It is the first time in the Royal Mint’s 1,100-year history that members of the public have been allowed to design a series of coins for nationwide circulation.
Since its introduction 41 years ago when decimalisation was established, only 16 designs have featured on the 50p.
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