This might be the coolest thing going this week, after Tim Howard’s 100-yard goal: To commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Royal Mint is producing 29 new coins, among them the new 50p piece, above, that ingeniously explains the offside rule.
Neil Wolfson, the production journalist who designed the new coins, says his inspiration for the project came from everyday life. “I am a football fan,” he told the Daily Mail. “I’ve followed the Premier League since its inception, and if I had 50p for every time someone asked me what the offside rule was then I would be a very rich man.”
This is a genius idea, and we can think of a few soccer moms and dads who should have them in their pockets at all times, for easy consultation at their kids’ games.