Heads, it's a new world record
Published 16/10/2010 | 18:44
Staff at the Royal Mint have used hard cash to set a new Guinness World Record with a coin tossing attempt involving hundreds of people.
It was a case of heads you win, tails you win as the money making factory in Llantrisant, mid Wales, played host to 850 workers and hundreds of family and friends.
The outcome was far from being a toss up, with a new world record established at the flip of a coin - or several hundred.
"It was a great success with a new world record of 1,697 coins being tossed simultaneously," said a Royal Mint spokeswoman. "After a final, nail-biting count to verify the number of coins officially flipped, the Royal Mint team were confirmed as the new world record holders.
"The title was snatched from previous holders, the Achariya World Class Educational Institution from Puducherry in India, who achieved a total of 1,485 simultaneous coin tosses on August 6 this year.
The novel record attempt took place within the high security facility which mints coinage for governments across the globe. It took place during an official open day which meant family and friends got a rare glimpse inside the closely guarded complex. In kind with the cash for security reasons everyone taking part was counted individually as hundreds streamed into the facility.
Newly-minted 50 pence coins commemorating the 2012 Olympics, seen for the first time only this week, were used to set the record.
"Afterwards everyone had to return their coins because they all needed to be counted so the record could be checked and ratified," the spokeswoman said. "But as they left all those taking part were given a nice new shiny 50p piece in a case."
Saturday's successful attempt marked the culmination of the launch of the Royal Mint's biggest ever series of coins designed by members of the British public.
Depicting the power and passion of the world's greatest sporting event, the Olympic 50p sporting range showcases each of the 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports to be contested during London 2012.