Tanzania: unrealised designs

Started by <k>, June 28, 2016, 12:37:26 PM

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Tanzania released its first independence coinage in 1966. The obverse and reverse designs were by Royal Mint artist Christopher Ironside.

I apologise for the poor quality of the images in this topic. There was a lot of glare and they were difficult to photograph.
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Tanzania alternative portrait.jpg

Here you see Christopher Ironside's alternative portrait of President Nyrere.
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Tanzania alternative 50 senti designs.jpg

Two alternative designs of the rabbit on the 50 senti coin.
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Tanzania 50 senti 1966.jpg

The issued designs.
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Tanzania 1 shilling alternative.jpg

An alternative version of the shilingi design.
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The original design requirements were:

5 senti – Tuna fish.
10 senti – Ostrich.
20 senti – Elephant.
50 senti – Mount Kilimanjaro, or alternatively Mount Kilimanjaro plus giraffe's head.
1 shilingi - Mount Kilimanjaro with giraffe (Tanzania's national symbol) in foreground.

There were no illustrations in the documents of these designs. The ostrich was eventually depicted on the 20 senti coin.

The documents also refer consistently to a rabbit, not a hare.
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Figleaf

Thank you. Excellent stuff, giving real insight. I find myself agreeing with the choices made, except for the 50, where I prefer the facing rabbit.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.