Australian's asked to vote on their choice of the top primary school 50c coin design | Voting opens on Mint's website for the best design submitted by primary school students to design a 50c coin

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One primary school student in Australia will have the chance to have his or her design immortalised on an Australian 50c coin to be released next year. And the school submitting the winning design will receive a prize of $10,000 from the Royal Australian Mint.

The list of designers and schools in the running for this wonderful prize has now shortened to the top 5. These are two primary school students in New South Wales, two students in Victoria and one student in South Australia. Their designs have been selected to be the top 5 of the almost 2600 designs submitted to the Royal Australian Mint earlier this year.

To decide the top design, the Royal Australian Mint, our national mint, is inviting Australians to vote for the design they think is the best. The Mint's website (www.ramint.gov.au) home page has an icon which links with the page showing the top five designs as well allowing people to vote for their choice.

Voting will close at midnight on 5 November and the winning design will be announced by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, The Hon Ross Cameron MP, on the 'Today' Show on Channel 9 on Friday 7 November 2003.

Primary schools throughout Australia were invited to each enter three of their best designs in the competition. These designs had their preliminary judging in early September and 104 of the best designs submitted were then put on display on the Mint's website (http://www.ramint.gov.au/school_comp/vote.asp).

From the 104 designs on the website, five have now been selected from which to choose the winning design.

The winning young designer will have their initials appear on the coin, commemorating the student's designing ability for as long as Australian coins are used and collected. The winner will also receive a pristine sample of the coin, hot off the press.

The theme of the design competition was "AUSTRALIA" and it was deliberately kept very wide to allow the maximum amount of artistic expression to the young students.

The top 5 designs come from the following schools: NSW - Pymble Ladies College and Miranda Public School. Victoria - St Peter's Primary School, East Keilor and Mildura West Primary School. South Australia - Riverdale R-7 School, Adelaide

The five young designers will not have long to wait to see who will win this competition and a $10,000 prize for their school.