Design Chosen For Commemorative Olympic Coin

Design chosen for commemorative Olympic coin

The design for a Japanese coin commemorating next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has been decided by a public vote.

People voted for their favorite out of three shortlisted designs via Twitter and other means. The winning design will be used for a 500-yen coin, and is the first of 37 coins to be minted for the Games that was selected by the public.

A total of 66,000 people voted, with 28,700 choosing the winning design that features the "Wind God and Thunder God Screens". The pair of decorative screens were created in the 17th century by artist Tawaraya Sotatsu.

Over 21,000 votes went to a design depicting the Tokyo landscape along with the national stadiums for the previous Tokyo Olympics and the upcoming Games.

Some 16,400 people voted for a design with views of Mt Fuji from the north and south.

The coin with the winning design will go into circulation in or around next July.