With a storied history that dates back to 1930, the Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Sandwiched neatly in between summer Olympic years, the quadrennial event has long established itself as a true hub of athletic excellence, covering a wide array of action-packed sports and featuring the very best athletes from across the Commonwealth.

This year, the Commonwealth Games returns to England for only the third time in its history and will be held in the city of Birmingham for the first time. Birmingham 2022 has a strong focus on inclusivity – a stance that is backed by having the largest para-sport programme in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

In celebration of the Commonwealth Games and its incredible 92-year legacy, this UK 50p coin features a bespoke reverse design by The Royal Mint’s own Natasha Preece, capturing the essence of the Commonwealth Games through the striking geometric patterns associated with Birmingham 2022.