new £1 coin now has a reverse, and it is from an unlikely source.
Royal Mint announced the winner of a public competition to design the reverse of the
new 12-sided coin that is set for a 2017
release, and the winning designer is 15-year-old student David Pearce.
pupil at Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall, England, was notified
earlier this week about his design being selected from a pool of more
than 6,000 entries.
design features a rose, leek, thistle and shamrock—four well-known
symbols of the United Kingdom—all emerging from a royal coronet.
“I was really excited to hear that I had won the competition to
design the new £1 coin but hugely shocked as well," Pearce said
in a statement. "I heard about the competition through my design
teacher at school and I thought I had nothing to lose so I decided to
enter. I spent a lot of time researching what coin designs looked like
and what sort of designs would represent all parts of the UK before
submitting my idea and I honestly cannot believe I have won.”
final design was refined with the support of renowned artist David
Lawrence and lettering expert Stephen Raw.
Royal Mint asked that entries have designs that symbolized Britain.
Other entries had themes that included cups of tea, flags, maps, the
weather, famous writers, seaside piers, and even the Rolling Stones.
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of the exchequer George Osborne said that winning the contest means
Pearce will "leave a lasting legacy" on UK coinage.
competition captured the imagination of thousands of people and David
Pearce’s winning design will be recognised by millions in the years
ahead," Osborne said. "It was fantastic to congratulate him
and other young entrants in person in Downing Street.”
12-sided £1 coin will debut in 2017 as "the most secure coin in
circulation in the world," according to a Royal Mint release. The
new shape is a reaction to rampant counterfeiting of the current £1 coin.
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new reverse design's release follows only weeks after the Royal Mint
released its selection of the latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that
will be used on UK coins' obverses beginning in 2015 with its newest gold sovereign coins.
Mint engraver Jody Clark designed the new portrait.
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