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The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, took place in London and to a lesser extent across the United Kingdom from 25 July to 12 August 2012. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games. Women's boxing was included for the first time, thus the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors. The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and host Great Britain.
Nine-year-old Florence Jackson from Bristol, the designer of the Athletics 50p coin, is the first ever child to design a Royal Mint UK coin. She beat 17,000 other entries to win a BBC One Blue Peter competition. When the competition winner was revealed, a special edition Blue Peter presentation pack was issued with a 2009 dated coin, making it the only Olympic 50p without a 2011 date. The coin was finally issued for circulation two years later with an obverse date of 2011 as part of the 29-piece set struck to commemorate the Summer Olympics, London 2012.
Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
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Child's drawing of an athlete clearing a high jump bar, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.