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Info sought on the 2014 Royal Mint £1 design competition?

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Does anyone have any information about the £1 design competition held by the Royal Mint in 2014?

I'm looking to get a copy of the competition rules and guidance. There is no information on the Royal Mint website.

Webpages of the time – i.e. – didn't include the rules, and weblinks to the 'Design brief pack' have since been redirected.

Here is the “bold new design” (the Royal Mint’s words, not mine) that won the competition:
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Info sought on the 2014 Royal Mint £1 design competition?

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Great design! Proud of this nine year old kid who won the competition! Well-deserved, especially since the competition was open to those of any age, no matter where they were from. 8-)

The aim was to design the 'tails' side of the coin with an image that symbolised Great Britain or "Britishness".

Is this what you're looking for? wrote:Key rules of the competition (from:
  • The government expects that the coin will be 12-sided and bi-colour, with a gold-coloured outer ring and a silver-coloured centre. Designs should be based on the specification of the proposed coin, on which the government is currently consulting. The Royal Mint will work with the winning entrant to ensure that their design fits the final specification.
  • A portrait of Her Majesty The Queen will be used for one side of the coin. Entrants will need to provide a design for the tails, or reverse side, only.
  • The denomination ONE POUND must appear as part of the overall design but it is left up to you precisely where it is placed within the design. The expected diameter of the coin will be between 22.5mm and 24.5mm. For design purposes you may like to assume the midpoint of this range, however the final specification will only be announced following the completion of the public consultation process.
  • Your design should be orientated with a point of the proposed12-sided shape at the base.
  • Designs must not include a recognisable likeness of a known person, whether living or dead.
  • Your design must be your own work, must not be copied from someone else and must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use.
  • All designs submitted should be presented on the supplied template, which can be downloaded from The Royal Mint website.
  • Designs can be submitted in pencil, ink, paint or using computer drawing or design software. We cannot accept 3D entries, including collages or models.
  • To ensure the competition is fair, please do not include any initials or identifying marks on your designs. The winner will be identified via their unique reference code, and it is therefore very important that the registration process is completed correctly.
  • Three-dimensional models will be made of the designs that are short-listed towards the end of the selection process. A fee of £1,000 per model will be paid to those invited to prepare models of their designs. This payment will be reduced to £250 per model if the models, by agreement, are prepared by The Royal Mint.
According to Design Week, "The 50p design competition was won by nine-year-old Florence Jackson, who saw off more than 17,000 other entries with her high-jumper design."

Also found the Government's published Response to the Consultation: ... FINAL_.pdf
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Re: Info sought on the 2014 Royal Mint £1 design competition?

Post by Allanswood »

Bold new design – it also features a new design that shows the English rose, the Welsh leek, the Scottish thistle and the Northern Irish shamrock emerging from one stem within a royal coronet. This was created by David Pearce who won a public design competition at the age of 15.

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