Wizard Currency Symbol Contest

Oct 01, 2010

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Wizard Currency Symbol Contest

style=”text-align: left; font-family: Arial;”>In a continuing effort to
bring you contests based on your interests, the Contest Crew has picked
this month’s contest from among your suggestions. This contest was
based on a submission to our Brainstorming for Ideas thread made by paint
it Black
. A handmade wand from Wizard Wood Wands is awarded for any idea we use from the

Did you know the dollar sign, $, was used to represent
the mexican peso long before the U.S. adopted it and was derived from
the spanish real. The Real de a Ocho, or “pieces of eight’ bore the
Pillars of Hercules entwined in the shape of an S by a ribbon bearing
the motto “Plus Ultra” as part of the Spanish coat of arms. The ribbon
and pillars evolved into the symbol we recognize today (1). Did you
know the symbol for the British pound sterling, £, is based on the the
Latin word for scale by way of the Roman word librum which was the basic
Roman unit of weight? The pound sterling was so named because it was
the value of one Tower Weight of pure silver (2).

How do you
suppose the Galleon got its name? Or better yet what symbols do you
suppose the wizarding world uses to represent it? Well here is your
chance to show us. Your task for this month’s contest is to design the
currency symbols representing each of the three denominations of wizard
money, the Galleon, Sickle, and Knut, and tell us about their backstory.
We’re looking for the graphic symbols that are immediately recognizable
by any wizard or goblin around the world as British wizards’ currency.


  • Anyone 13 years of age and over may enter the
    contest, including staff members who are not involved in the judging
  • One entry per person.
  • All submissions must be
    the original work of the contestant. Any entries found to contain the
    work of another artist will be disqualified.
  • All entries must
    meet PG-13 standards of decency and good taste.
  • All decisions
    by the judges are final.
  • The first place winner will receive a
    handcrafted wand donated by Wizard
    Wood Wands
    (changes monthly) and 200 MyLeaky points. Second, third,
    and honorable mention(s) will receive 150, 100, and 50 MyLeaky points
  • Please refer to our FAQ if you are not sure of something.
  • If
    you have any questions not answered on the FAQ, or would like to discuss this Contest, please
    come to the Contest Corner Forum of The Leaky Lounge.


  • Design and illustrate the three symbols that
    represent the three denominations of wizard’s currency, the Galleon, the
    Sickle, and the Knut, and write a short description of the basis or
    history of the symbols.
  • The description should not exceed 150
    words total. This is just a short description of the symbols’ origins
    and is required for this contest.
  • You may use any medium you
    wish to create your illustration, for example, hand drawn, 3D
    representations, digital artwork, or other.
  • Please include the
    name you would like to have appear with your designs (real name or Leaky
    Lounge name).
  • Please copy-paste your description into the body
    of your e-mail with your name and please submit one image file (.jpg,
    .png, or .gif) with all symbols included. Unless you have no technical
    ability to accomplish this, then you may submit 3 individual files, but
    one file is highly preferred. If you are submitting one file, please
    keep the file size to no more than 2MB. If you are submitting 3
    individual files, please keep the total file size to no more than
  • All submissions must be e-mailed to [email protected]
    by 11:59 pm (EDT) on Halloween, October 31st
    , with “Wizard
    Currency” in the subject line of the e-mail.

thanks to paint it Black for suggesting this contest idea!


UPDATE: The winners have been picked! To view the winning entries, please click on the winner’s name.

First Place: Arithmanceer



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