Central Bank Launches Coin Design ... Proceeds to Restore Prison Building

The entrance to the old prison

The Central Bank of Belize plans to restore the old Belize City Central Prison building, as close to its original form as possible and open it to the public as a historical site.

The Belize City Central Prison is at least 139 years old. It was built between 1856 and 1857. It is the only remaining large scale public brick building with this type of architecture and the only remaining British Colonial Prison intact in all of the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The Central Bank, in its effort to restore the prison, will mint a special silver proof coin for sale on the theme "Protect our World". Proceeds from the sale will go towards restoring the prison building.

Central Bank is launching a coin design competition open to primary and secondary schools across the country. The design should focus on environmental protection and cultural preservation issues relative to our country and its environment.

The Bank's silver coin "Restore our Prison" design competition opens on Monday, October 7, 1996. Schools are asked to submit their entries by Thursday, November 7, 1996. District entries should be sent to District Education Offices. They will be collected by the Central Bank. In Belize City entries should be submitted to the Central Bank Library at No.2 Bishop Street.

Prizes will be given to the school and the student designer of the winning entry and four runners-up. The first place winner will have their design on the coin, $500.00 and the school will receive a computer. The second prize student will receive $300.00 - the school will receive a set of encyclopedias. The third, fourth and fifth prize students will receive $200.00 and schools will receive art supplies.

The entries will be mounted in an exhibition which will be opened to a press conference in Belize City on Tuesday, November 26, 1996, when the winners will be announced. The exhibition will remain open in Belize City until December 10, 1996. Arrangements are being made for one week exhibitions in each District and the Capital Belmopan.




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