New £1 coin design competition opens

New £1 coin design competition opens

The Treasury has launched a competition to design the reverse or 'tails side' of the new 12-sided £1 coin, which will enter circulation in 2017.

Budding artists are being asked to suggest designs that show what Britain, or 'Britishness' means, drawing on all the quirks and qualities that make our nation unique.

The winner will receive £10,000, plus the chance to visit the Royal Mint to strike their design on a new £1 before the coins enter circulation.

Anyone can enter, irrespective of age or nationality and entries must be submitted by Thursday, 30th October. To enter, simply download and complete an official submission form as part of the 'Design Brief' pack. The Royal Mint’s dedicated competition webpage includes helpful hints, design tips, a short film showing the minting process and images of previous designs for inspiration.

There are a few rules to follow including the denomination ONE POUND must appear as part of the overall design; you cannot include a recognisable likeness of a well-known person and your design must be based on the specification of the new coin.

Chancellor George Osborne said: "Think about your favourite landmark, or a great British achievement or a symbol from our Islands' story. The winning design will be in millions of people's pockets and purses. It'll be heads you win; tails, it's your design."


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