Challenge Level

This is another tough nut and perhaps the diagram of the 50p piece will help.

The 50p piece can roll in the same chute as a disc of radius $r$. Suppose the seven arcs forming the edge of the 50p piece (the arcs AB, BC etc. ) all have radius $R$ (where $R$=AD=AE=BE=BF...) then you need to find $R$ in terms of $r$. These seven arcs subtend angles of $2\pi /7$ at the centre of the disc and $2\pi /14$ at the opposite edge.