The deadline for submitting a design for this 39-millimeter coin corresponds with the 39th Anniversary of Earth Day – April 22, 2009. The winning design will incorporate a variety of green themes, such as global warming, climate change, recycling, energy efficiency, conservation and clean fuels.
The contest is open to the public, and designs must be submitted on an Official Entry Form obtained from www.coin-rare.com/contest.aspx, either by email or mail (Westminster Mint, 1660 Highway 100, Suite 429 , Minneapolis , MN 55416 ). The grand prize for the winning design of the inaugural "Green Coin" contest will be $2,009 (in cash or in silver equivalent). The winner will also receive the first coin off the press, as well as the hand sculpts created by world renowned sculptor Caesar Ruffo.
“We're seeing an increased demand for silver bullion as more and more people invest in silver and gold due to the state of the economy,” said Westminster Mint President Ian Clay. “We want to mint a silver bullion coin that speaks to the key environmental issues we're facing today, and we believe that this coin design contest will draw more attention to those important issues.”
Once it’s produced in May, the Westminster Mint’s inaugural “Green Coin” will be made available to the public exclusively by Westminster Mint.