A 9-year-old girl has become the first child to design a British coin after winning a competition to create a 50p piece to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games, according to Sky News.

Florence Jackson from Bristol, England beat out 17,000 other entries and won the chance to design the coin in a Blue Peter competition.

Her design, which shows a high-jump competition, was created at the Royal Mint and will go into circulation next year.

"I am so excited. It was a real surprise to win," said Florence, according to Sky News.

"I chose the high-jump because I'd watched it on TV before and thought it looked fun."

The youngster visited the Royal Mint with Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis to strike her first coin.

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