Royal Mint Museum announces medal design competition


13 November 2020
To mark the 50th anniversary of decimalisation, the Royal Mint Museum has announced a medal design competition for undergraduate students. Entrants are asked to design a medal inspired by the change to decimal currency.

Students are given a free hand to explore any topic or theme relating to the subject, but inspiration and resources are available on the Museum’s website:

Fifty years since decimalisation

In February 1971 Britain took the historic step of changing its coinage from pounds, shillings and pence to a decimal currency system, with 100 pennies to the pound, which we use today.

This change impacted the entire nation, bringing people together as they learnt to master this new money. It was also the start of a new chapter in the long history of the Royal Mint moving to a new site in Llantrisant, South Wales, to cope with the demands of making billions of new coins.

Student competition

Specialist universities and design courses will have received their invitation to participate on email on Tuesday 10 November but the competition is open to all undergraduate students on any course at any institution.

Download the Design Brief document

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Further information, medal design brief and Terms and Conditions can be found on the Museum’s website:

Closing date for entries to the competition is Friday 8 January 2021. Submissions can be made digitally or posted to the Royal Mint Museum.

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