David Pearce

Mastered: Design 

Location: Walsall

At the end of March the new 12-sided £1 coin went in to public circulation marking a very exciting time for Walsall’s David Pearce; because it is his design that was chosen to appear on the back / tails side of the coin.

It was last year (2016) when David, then a pupil at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, beat more than 6,000 entries to win the design competition. Then Chancellor, George Osborne, called David personally to tell him the good news.

“I was really excited to hear that I had won the competition to design the new £1 coin but hugely shocked as well,” David told the Express & Star.

“I spent a lot of time researching what coin designs looked like and what sort of designs would represent all parts of the UK before submitting my idea and I honestly cannot believe I have won.”

The design features a shamrock, thistle, rose and a leek held within a Royal Coronet to represent all parts of the UK. The design was refined by renowned coin artist David Lawrence, and lettering expert Stephen Raw.