As part of our celebration of the anniversary of Decimalisation, the Royal Mint Museum hosted a medal design competition open to all undergraduate university students in the United Kingdom. Students were allowed a free hand to approach the design of a medal inspired by Decimal Day in 1971 and the change to decimal money. The winner was selected by a judging panel comprising Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of The Royal Mint Museum and guest judges Gordon Summers, The Royal Mint Chief Engraver, and Stephen Raw, artist and lettering expert.

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The top prize was given to Laura Barnwell, a textile design undergraduate at Norwich University of the Arts, whose winning design was selected to be produced as a bronze medal struck by the Royal Mint. In a special celebration at the Royal Mint Experience at Llantrisant, the artist saw her medal design for the first time, which will now join other medals designed by world-class artists in the Museum’s collection. Laura and her family, from Woodbridge in Suffolk, also enjoyed a VIP tour of the Museum and a special presentation of a prize winning cheque.

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Laura Barnwell

"Art, design and painting have been a huge part of my life from a very young age, and this interest has been nurtured over the years through artists and designers in my family before I began to study. I am thrilled to have had my design selected and am exceptionally proud and honoured at this opportunity. My family were as excited as me to see the medal.”

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