By Alex Matthews
The schoolboy who designed the new pound coin is more focussed on his upcoming exams than the coin’s release.
David Pierce beat out more than 6,000 other entries in a nationwide competition to have his design featured on the tails side.
His idea features a rose, a leek, a thistle and a shamrock, the four national flowers of the nations of the United Kingdom.
The 17-year-old from Walsall, West Mids, said: “I’m quite humbled to be able to have a part in the creation of the new coin.
“It’s a nice experience.
“I’m excited the day is finally here, but I’ve got A-Levels to focus on now.
“I’ve put this to the back of my mind.”
David was encouraged to enter the competition two years ago by his Design and Technology teacher.
He followed the broad brief – entrants were only told the coin would have 12 sides, be bimetallic like the £2 coin, and needed to “unambiguously represent” the UK – and sketched various designs.
After numerous drawings, he hit upon the idea of using the four national flowers.
He said: “I thought it might be a good thing to have a go at.
“I wanted to draw upon the past, but put a bit of a new take on it.
“So I decided to weave the English rose, Welsh leek, Scottish thistle and Northern Irish Shamrock together inside the crown.”
He submitted his design just two hours before the deadline, and was surprised in March 2015 when he was pulled out of a class to answer a phone call.
On the other end of the line was then Chancellor George Osborne, who informed the Queen Mary’s Grammar School pupil that his design had been selected as the winner.
However, with all that in the past, David claims that he is now more focussed on his upcoming exams than the excitement of the new coin’s release.
Among the thousands of entries for the design, sent in by professional artists and historians amongst others, were images of teacups, rainclouds, the London Eye and even the Rolling Stones’ famous lips and tongue logo.
The government says the new 12-sided coin, which resembles the old threepenny bit, will be the world’s most secure coin in circulation.
More than 2.2billion old coins will now need to be replaced. It is estimated that three in every 100 coins, roughly 45 million, are fake.