A competition to design the reverse of a medal commemorating the COVID-19 pandemic in a creative yet positive manner is accepting submissions until Sept. 11. A Trajan-themed obverse design (shown) will be featured on the other side.

CCN is launching a public design contest to commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic in a creative yet positive manner on the reverse of a special medal to be struck later this year.

The finished medal, which will feature a Trajan-themed obverse design (shown at right), will have a 38-millimetre diameter and a weight of about one ounce. It will be struck with a proof-like finish with the 3D design elements featuring a cameo (frosted) appearance against mirror-like fields.

The medal will be struck by the Mississauga Mint, a private mint based in southern Ontario, and will likely be available in three compositions, including silver, nickel and brass (or bronze) with respective mintages of 100, 190 and 190.

The winning designer will be notified by Sept. 15 and receive a $300 gift certificate for Coin & Stamp Supplies – a division of Trajan Publishing – plus a silver medal featuring the winning design.

The winner will also be featured in a story highlighting the medal in a future issue of CCN.

To learn more about the contest, click here to read our story published in CCN Vol. 58 #12.

To read more about positive pandemic-themed design concepts, click here.

You’re invited to submit a reverse design (blank shown) for CCN‘s COVID-19 medal design contest. Click above to enlarge the image and use it as a template for your design.


The contest is open to the public. Anyone can submit a design for the reverse of the medal using the following rules and guidelines.

Entries must be received by the committee no later than midnight on Sept. 11. Each entry must represent only one design; however, there is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted by the same person. Submissions can be made physically or electronically.

All entries must include artwork (measuring about 150 millimetres in diameter) in at least one of the three following formats, including:

  • a line drawing (freehand or otherwise) clearly depicting the design elements;
  • a “paste-up” image, including the proposed design and legend; and
  • a plaster cast or other sculpted media.

The artwork must be sufficiently detailed to give the judging committee a clear idea of the proposed design elements, legend and layout.

All entries must also include a short written explanation highlighting the design’s meaning.

All decisions of the judging committee are final.

By submitting a design for consideration, the designer grants CCN exclusive rights to the artwork and agrees the design (and any derivative works) can be used for, but not limited to, the medal and any promotional materials produced by or on behalf of CCN.

Participants must have reached the legal age of majority in the province or territory in which he or she resides by this September or have the written consent of a parent or guardian.

A successful design will incorporate in the legend the year-date 2020 and contain a main design element (or elements) that appear 3D in nature with reasonably high (but not ultra-high) relief.

Submit a Design

Enter a submission for CCN's COVID-19 medal design contest!
  • Please enter your first and last name below.
  • Please enter a valid email address.
  • Please provide a short written explanation highlighting your design’s meaning below.
  • All entries must include sufficiently detailed artwork measuring about 150 millimetres in diameter. Formats can include a line drawing (freehand or otherwise) clearly depicting the design elements; a “paste-up” image, including the proposed design and legend; or a plaster cast or other sculpted media.
    Max. file size: 15 MB.


Participants can also submit a design by contacting organizers via email (2020designcompetition@trajan.ca) or sending a submission via post to:

2020 Design Competition
Trajan Publishing Corporation
PO Box 25009 Rose City RO
Welland ON  L3B 5V0

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