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  • The winner of The Royal Mint Museum’s 2022 Medal Design Competition to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been announced.
  • The winner is Trystan Vaughan, a former student of the University of South Wales. Trystan has won a specimen of his medal struck in bronze and a sum of £5,000.

The winner of The Royal Mint Museum’s 2022 Medal Design Competition has been announced. The competition for students and recent graduates was held to commemorate Her Late Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrating her 70-year reign in 2022.  

University of South Wales graduate Trystan Vaughan from Church Village, Rhondda Cynon Taff, won the competition. He said: “I’m thrilled to have won this opportunity to design a medal commemorating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Entrants to the competition, which was started in early 2022 in the lead up to the Platinum Jubilee of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, were asked to design a medal inspired by the changes that have occurred during Her Late Majesty’s reign. The competition was open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates whose courses ended in the last two years. 

Over 120 entries were received. Product Design Lead at the Royal Mint, Lee Jones, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, Dr Kevin Clancy and celebrated artist Hughie O’Donoghue selected the winning design which features portraits of Her Late Majesty on the obverse and a Tudor Rose design on the reverse.

Royal Mint Museum Director, Dr Kevin Clancy, said: “We are delighted to announce the winner of our medal design competition to commemorate this momentous occasion. Choosing the winning design was a difficult decision as there were many excellent submissions but the judging panel was unanimous in its decision that Trystan’s design met the brief in the most accomplished and appropriate way. We are delighted to be able to present the prizes to such a worthy winner.”

The Royal Mint Museum is a registered charity, and an accredited museum, which is based on The Royal Mint site in Llantrisant, South Wales. Established in 1816, the Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related numismatic material in the world. A range of videos and education materials relating to the Platinum Jubilee is available at:



About The Royal Mint

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest companies and the original maker of UK coins.  Today The Royal Mint is a premium British maker, providing carefully crafted coins and precious metal products for the UK and overseas.  Based in Llantrisant, South Wales it has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Consumer (collectable and rare, historic coins) and precious metals investment.

Collecting with The Royal Mint

Every coin tells a story, from a rare gold Sovereign to a Peter Rabbit™ 50p coin. The Royal Mint aims to inspire collectors young and old and nurture a love of collecting through unique designs and popular themes. As the maker of UK coinage, we have unparalleled knowledge about coins, from the historic coins of our past, through to the collectable commemorative coins of today.  Sourcing and authenticating pre decimal coins is a natural fit for The Royal Mint as we struck each one.

Investing with The Royal Mint

As a world authority on precious metals, The Royal Mint has traded and made products in gold and silver for centuries. Since launching its designated precious metals investment arm six years ago, The Royal Mint has grown rapidly to become the home of gold in the UK – increasing its market share and becoming the largest producer of bullion coins in Britain. As well as offering physical precious metal investment options in the form of bars and coins, The Royal Mint also offers a range of digital investment options including DigiGold, Little Treasures, designed for children, and Gold for Pensions

Celebrating with The Royal Mint

For over a thousand years The Royal Mint has marked the moments that changed the world on coins - from coronations to conflict, from commemorations to celebrations. The designs are captured on commemorative coins, minted in a range of metals.  Commemorative coins do not always enter circulation but give collectors the chance to purchase coins to keep and cherish.  Recent themes have included David Bowie, Winnie the Pooh, Decimalisation and Team GB. Each commemorative coin is carefully struck up to three times in order to create a superbly detailed finish, and ensuring each one meets the standards The Royal Mint is famous for. 

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales in 2016. Since opening the award-winning attraction has welcomed around 400,000 visitors through its doors and is the place to explore the 1,100-year history of coins.


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