National honour for a secondary student | Student Competition to Design Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Coin

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With less than two weeks to go for submissions to the national student design competition, the Royal Australian Mint is urging secondary students and schools to ensure their entries are submitted by 15 October 2004.

One secondary school student in Australia will have the chance to have his or her design immortalised on an Australian 50c coin commemorating the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games - but schools need to be quick as entries close on 15 October 2004.

Secondary schools throughout Australia have been invited to enter three of their best designs in the competition with the school submitting the winning design receiving a prize of $10,000 from the Royal Australian Mint. The lucky student responsible for the winning design has the opportunity of having their initials struck on the coin which will be legal tender and will go into general circulation.

Controller of the Royal Australian Mint, Dr Vivienne Thom said more than 71 nations will be competing at the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne which will be the next big International sporting event on the agenda.

"This competition provides an opportunity for young designers to showcase their talents and embrace the spirit of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games," Dr Thom said.

"The winning design will be produced as a general circulating coin for distribution Australia wide and the winning student will have the rare privilege of having their initials incorporated into their winning design."

Entries must be received by the Royal Australian Mint by 5pm on Friday 15 October 2004. A shortlist of designs will be selected by a panel of judges, including Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson, before the winner is announced on Friday 5 November 2004.

The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games will be held from15-26 March 2006 and the Royal Australian Mint is conducting a nation-wide competition to find a winning design that displays the spirit of the Commonwealth Games whilst maintaining an Australian theme.

Competition entry forms and full guidelines can be downloaded directly from the Royal Australian Mint's website www.ramint.gov.au