Mint's website shows the best designs 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 Royal Australian Mint, our national mint, has been conducting a design competition for primary school students since May this year. A total of 849 schools from around the nation submitted 2599 designs for consideration.

Preliminary judging early this month reduced the field to 104 designs now on display on the Mint's website. Click here to view the 104 designs.

Primary schools were invited to each enter a maximum of three of their best designs in the competition. From the 104 designs now on the website, five finalists will be selected. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell whose responsibilities include the Mint, will select the winner in November.

"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," Senator Campbell said.

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.

In announcing the design competition in May this year Senator Campbell said:-, "This is a major design competition that allows budding young designers to showcase their talents, not only to their own schoolmates, but also to other Australians as well as to the world."

104 young designers will be eagerly waiting for 7 November to find out who the winner will be.