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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Hunt begins for picturesque pigs
Sally Logue drawn dog on a New Zealand minted coin
Three Cumbrian dogs already feature on a selection of coins
A Cumbrian pig may soon be coining it in as the star of a series of commemorative currency being minted in New Zealand.

Artist Sally Logue, from Kirkoswald, near Penrith, has been asked to produce portraits of photogenic pigs for the New Zealand Mint.

She has already had a selection of canine portraits used to mark the current lunar Year of the Dog.

Now she wants owners to come forward if they think their pets can fit the bill.

Ms Logue said: "The New Zealand Mint contacted me last year to see if I could provide them with a series of drawings of dogs.

Pig portfolio

"I thought it was a bit of a wind up at first because they said the coins would be issued in Cambodia, sold in Russia and minted in New Zealand.

"But now we have three Cumbrian dogs with the king of Cambodia on the other side."

"Now they are looking for pigs, but it's not certain exatctly what kind of pig they want. So I thought it would be good to have a portfolio to show them.

"So I am looking for people who might want to have a portrait done of their pig."

Ms Logue asked for people to contact her through her website.


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