Kiribati: original sketches of the coinage

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The Gilbert and Ellice Islands were a British protectorate from 1892 and a colony from 1916. A referendum was held in December 1974 to determine whether the Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands should each have their own administration. As a consequence of the referendum, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony ceased to exist on 1 January 1976 and the separate countries of Kiribati and Tuvalu came into existence.

The Ellice Islands were renamed as Tuvalu, which became independent from Britain on 1 October 1978. The Gilbert Islands were renamed as Kiribati, which is apparently the local way of saying "Gilbert". Kiribati became independent on 12 July 1979. Kiribati's first coins were introduced in 1979 following independence and were directly pegged to the Australian dollar. The coins were issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 dollar.

The new coinage was produced at the Royal Mint and designed by the English artist, sculptor and coin designer, Michael Hibbit.

 
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Kiribati 1c sketch.jpg

1 cent.  Frigate birds.
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2 cents.  B'abai plant (Cyrtosperma merkusii). Also known as giant swamp taro.
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5 cents.  Tokai lizard.
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Kiribati 10c sketch.jpg

10 cents.  Breadfruit plant.
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Kiribati 20c sketch.jpg

 20 cents.  Bottle-nosed porpoises.
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Kiribati 50c sketch.jpg

50 cents.  Pandanus fruit.
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Kiribati $1 sketch.jpg

1 dollar.  Kiribatese outrigger.
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Kiribati $5 sketch.jpg


The 5 dollar coin was a collector coin, produced in 1979 only. 

It showed an indigenous Kiribatese man.
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Kiribati obverse sketch.jpg


The common obverse showed the national emblem.

It featured a frigate bird.
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Kiribati MHibbit praise.jpg


Praise from the Royal Mint for artist Michael Hibbit. 

The word "legeng" should read "legend".
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The designs as seen on the issued coins.
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Kiribati, $5, 1979.  Independence commemorative.
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Michael Hibbit also designed the 150 dollar gold coin of 1979.


It commemorated independence.

It was originally conceived as a $100 coin.
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Kiribati, $150, 1979.  Traditional meeting house.





Obverse and reverse.
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