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St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs

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St. Helena and Ascension issued their own joint circulation coinage in 1984.

The Royal Mint worked on the project and assigned the English artist Michael Hibbit to produce appropriate designs.
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St Helena-Ascension 1p sketch.jpg



St Helena-Ascension 1p sketch~.jpg


Prototype designs for the circulation coinage.

Some of the scans provided are of rather poor quality.

Originally, the penny was going to feature a crayfish.
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St Helena-Ascension sketches by Mike Hibbit.jpg


Eventually it was decided that a tuna fish should grace the penny.

These are the only illustrations available of the two options that were considered.
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The issued coin.


1 penny.  Yellow fin tuna.  Thunnus albacares. 
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St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch#.jpg



St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch##.jpg

The 2 pence design was criticised for including the numeral "2" as part of the shield of St Helena's arms.
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St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch.jpg


A green turtle was considered for the 2 pence.

Eventually it ended up on the 50 pence.
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St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch-white oleander.jpg

A white oleander was also considered for the 2 pence but was rejected.
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St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch-unladen donkey.jpg



St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch-unladen donkey-.jpg


St. Helena insisted that a donkey must be included on the coinage.

They are essential working animals on the island.
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St Helena-Ascension 2p sketch-laden donkey.jpg

St. Helena wanted the donkey to be shown carrying wood, as part of its work.
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St Helena-Ascension 5p sketch#.jpg



St Helena-Ascension 5p sketch.jpg


The first version of the St Helena wire bird.

Its alternative common name is a plover.

The word "plover" rhymes with "cover", not "over" or"rover".

The bird was to feature on the 5 pence.
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St Helena-Ascension 5p sketch-.jpg

The next version of the plover.
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The final version.
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The issued coin.
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St Helena-Ascension 10p sketch#.jpg



St Helena-Ascension 10p sketch.jpg

An arum lily for the 10 pence.
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