I was very impressed when I first saw the design of the new £1 coin to be launched in 2017.
When I read that its designer was a 15-year-old schoolboy from Walsall, a large industrial town in the West Midlands northwest of Birmingham, the United Kingdom’s second largest city, I was intrigued. The design had a maturity that I would not have suspected was the work of a teenager.
The Royal Mint and the Treasury kindly arranged for me to speak to David Pearce, who attends Queen Mary Grammar School, which is named for Queen Mary I, the patron when the school was founded in 1554.
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Paul Hughes, who teaches design technology at the school, suggested that Pearce should enter the Royal Mint’s competition that was launched last September.
The contest was advertised in a very trendy brochure with the front reading, “Your art, in everyone’s hands. Your one pound coin. Your opportunity to design the new United Kingdom £1 coin.”
The competition was open to anyone irrespective of age or nationality, though entrants under 18 had to obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. Then of course there was the all-important brief. In essence, “The design, which should symbolise Britain, will feature on the reverse side of the new coin.”
Britain comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Entrants were invited to ask themselves, “What does Britain mean to you?”