Primary school design competition for a 50c coin announced | Primary school students have a chance to be a part of history

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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.

The winner's initials will also 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 Mint will award the school that submits the winning design a prize of $10,000.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today that the Royal Australian Mint will arrange the design competition, which is open to all primary schools in Australia.

Each primary school is being asked to send a maximum of three of its best designs to the competition. Designs should be submitted in black and white, not colour, and on the prescribed forms. From all these entries, five of the best designs will be selected by a panel of independent judges, with the final design to be chosen by Senator Campbell, the Minister responsible for the Mint.

"The theme of the design competition is AUSTRALIA and has been deliberately kept very wide to allow the maximum amount of artistic expression to the young students," 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. Many Mints around the world will certainly be watching this competition and I would expect that some would follow this lead."

Senator Campbell said other competitions were being planned for secondary schools and tertiary institutions, including design schools in later years.

The Mint should receive all designs by the closing date of 15 August 2003 and schools are urged to get their entries in before this date. The winner will be announced on 8 November 2003.

Competition Entry Forms and the Guidelines can be downloaded directly from the Royal Australian Mint's website, http://www.ramint.gov.au/school_comp/