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Coin design

Use your imagination to design your own brand-new coin.

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Device with access to the internet
  • A range of coins, or pictures of coins

Activity summary

In this activity, young people will learn about what’s on coins and design their own. You could look at the history of coins, create coins to celebrate a particular event, or just have a bit of fun and get creative – you can decide how this activity will work best for you.

Before you begin

  • Gather a range of different coins or pictures of coins. Try to get a good variety of different coins – you could use pictures of old coins or coins from different countries.
  • There are some great games about coins on the Scout Store: look for Pocket Money Bingo and Money Bags! 

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.

Step 1: learn about coins

  1. Everyone should split into small groups to look at what is on the coins. What designs can they see? Are there any words or numbers on the coins? What shapes are they?
  2. Everyone should chat about the coins in their groups. What did they see on the coins? Why might those things be there?
  1. The person leading the activity should tell everyone about David Pearce, the 17-year-old schoolboy who won the competition to design the new £1 coin that was introduced in 2017. He wanted to ‘represent all parts of the UK’ – how did he do that in his design?

Step 2: make money

  1. Everyone should grab some paper and something to draw their coin with.
  1. It’s time to design the coins. Everyone should get stuck into drawing and labelling their designs.
  1. Once everyone has finished, they should take it in turns to show off their new coin and talk about what they’ve put on it and why.


This activity was designed to get people thinking about what’s important to them and others. Take some time to ask questions and encourage the group to give their thoughts while everyone is showing off their coins. Did anyone choose the same things to put on their coins? Did people choose things they like, or things that were important to them? 


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.