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Congratulations to Haylee Houston, winner of the

2012 Read2Remember competition!

What is Read2Remember?

Read2Remember is an exciting national initiative designed to encourage the wellbeing of children and young people, by engaging them in the importance of Remembrance Day through meaningful literature. In 2011, 68 000 Queensland students participated in this event and such was the success, it has now grown into a major national event.

Program purpose

Read2Remember's hope is that all children come to understand that the characteristics of courage, resilience, mateship and humour of our servicemen and women are the same characteristics that they can call upon to be the best that they can be. The specially penned poem Pledge of Remembrance and the children's book The Quest for Courage provide children with positive messages about who they are and what they can achieve. SunnyKids and The Encouragement Foundation are proud to support this initiative which continues their ongoing work with children and families.

This year Read2Remember is honored to have the support of Ambassadors such as famed world sailor Jessica Watson, poet Rupert McCall, AFL legend Robert DiPierdomenico, children's author Angela Bueti, young artist Chloe Hart and Indigenous artist Lloyd Hornsby.

Royal Australian Mint's involvement

In 2012, the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is a proud sponsor of the Read2Remember program, and is delighted to announce the 2012 Read2Remember Coin Design Competition. Through this competition the Mint hopes to discover new and exciting coin design talents, inspire and nurture a future generation of coin enthusiasts, and foster the reflective imaginations of young Australians who Read2Remember.

The Mint is the Australian Government's official producer of circulating coins. Since its establishment in 1965, the Mint has produced over 15 billion circulating coins and over 20 million numismatic collectible coins to the highest standards of quality and precision.

The Coin Design Brief

Put simply, the Mint would like to see what Remembrance Day means to you.

There are many words that people use to describe what Remembrance Day means; courage, sacrifice, mateship and resilience are just a few. We're all very lucky that so much of Australia's war history has been captured in books and pictures and held on for us to read and reflect on. The Mint would like to see how you would depict your thoughts and feelings on a coin design.

Examples of coins designs

Two of the coins pictured below were designed by school students in previous competitions, the other three are examples of other remembrance coins that the Mint has made, and we can't wait to see what you think should be on our next Remembrance Day Coin!

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2004 50 Cents Student Design

2004 Student Design


50 cent Student Design

2005 Student Design


2005 1 Dollar Proof

2005 - 60th Anniversary of the
End of World War II Series - Peace


2005 50 Cents Proof

2005 - 60th Anniversary of the
End of World War II Series - Remembrance


2005 20 Cents Proof

2005 - 60th Anniversary of the
End of World War II Series - Coming Home


Images of individuals

Generally, circulating coins do not feature specific living individuals other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family. The full policy is here.

For the Winner...

The designer of the winning entry will receive a Wacom Intuos5 Series Graphics Tablet, which is what the Mint's designers use to create new coins.

The winning designer's school will receive an invitation to visit us here in Canberra to see up close how money is made, and a cash prize of $3000 to help them get here.

Before you start, it may help to read the Royal Australian Mint's policy on circulating coin designs. In general, to be considered for a commemorative circulating coin, the theme must relate to an event, commemoration or anniversary of national significance and broad interest to the Australian community.

Entry Form

To download your entry form, click here.


  • This competition is open to all students currently enrolled in primary school levels across Australia.
  • Each student is invited to submit their best original design suitable for production on an Australian legal tender coin. If the Mint deems that a student's design is suitable for production, the student artist and their parent/guardian will be asked to sign an Agreement and Assignment of Copyright Deed. Designs that are not accompanied by a signed Agreement and Assignment of Copyright Deed will not be eligible to win this competition.
  • There can only be one winner for this competition. The Mint reserves the right not to declare a winner should the designs fail to meet the desired standards of the panel of judges.
  • To be eligible to win, all designs (accompanied by the student's name, school's address and telephone number) must be received by the Mint via email by the close of business on 16/11/2012.
  • The winning artist will be notified and the competition results will be announced on the Mint's website on 7/12/2012.
  • The work submitted must be the work of the original artist only and must not include any third-party copyrighted material. The artist must not copy, reproduce or publish the submitted design without prior approval from the Mint.
  • A panel of judges will select the winning design from a shortlist of finalists. The judges will consider, among other things, the artistry of the design and its suitability as a design for an Australian legal tender coin.

  • If the Mint declares a winner:
    • The competition winner will receive a Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Professional Pen Tablet. The prize, as described, may not be exchanged for cash and is not transferrable.
    • The school will receive a $3000.00 cash prize to be used in attending a specialised tour of the Royal Australian Mint facility in Deakin, ACT, Australia.
  • All the decisions of the judges are final in all matters relating to this competition and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Mint may choose at its discretion to display selected competition designs in either the Mint's public gallery or the Mint website and Mint social media pages. By entering this competition all entrants consent to the use and reproduction of their design by the Mint for the purpose of publicity, display in the Mint's public gallery, display on the Mint website and Mint social media pages. The Mint will acknowledge each artist when displaying the design in the Mint's gallery.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants acknowledge compliance with and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.