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Leslie Durbin was born in Fulham, London, in 1913. He was the son of a railway clerk.  He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. London, from 1926 to 1929. He was apprenticed to Omar Ramsden from 1929 to 1938. During the Second World War, King George VI was moved by the heroism of the Russians in defending their city against the besieging German army, and he commisioned a ceremonial sword to honour the people of Stalingrad. Mr Durbin helped to fashion this sword, which Churchill personally presented to Stalin in 1943.

Mr Durbin established a workshop in 1945, in partnership with Leonard Moss, to follow his career as a silversmith. He became one of the most admired silversmiths of the 20th century. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1976 for his contribution to the silver craft. He died in 2005.
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Mr Durbin designed the reverses of the following Rwandan coins, which were first issued in 1974:

1   franc.   Millet.
5   francs.  Branch of a coffee tree.
10 francs.  Branch of a coffee tree.
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Indonesia, 2000 rupiah, 1974.   Javan tiger.





Indonesia, 5000 rupiah, 1974.   Orang utan.





Indonesia, 100,000 rupiah, 1974.   Komodo dragon.



Mr Durbin produced these designs to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund.

 
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Mr Durbin won the competition to produce the UK's first regional series of designs for the pound coin. The designs, for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, were issued from 1984 to 1987 and repeated from 1989 to 1992.
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Cayman Islands, $250 (gold), 1990.


Mr Durbin designed an international series of coins to commemorate the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother (UK).

They were issued in 1990, and each design featured different species of flower.

The full set can be seen here..
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UK, 2 pounds, 1994.  The 300th anniversary of the Bank of England. Leslie Durbin designed the reverse.
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In 1994 the UK issued a special 5 pound coin.

It commemorated the 50th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
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Leslie Durbin also designed the reverse of the St. Helena 25 pence coin of 1973.

It was issued to commemorate the tercentenary of its settlement by the British.

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It looks like Mr. Durbin had an amazing ability to make a busy and highly detailed design feel uncluttered.

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

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25 bolivares.  Jaguar.




50 bolivares.  Giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus - Dasypodidae).




1000 bolivares.  The Guianan cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola - Cotingidae).


Mr Durbin also produced this set of WWF designs for Venezuela in 1975.
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Sudan, 100 pounds, 1981.  A sapling supported by the IYDP symbol.

IYDP stands for International Year of Disabled Persons.
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Sudan, 10 pounds, 1981.  IYDP stands for International Year of Disabled Persons.

Mr Durbin also designed the second coin of the set.
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Jersey, 2 pounds, 1993.  The Queen's Coronation Jubilee.
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Jersey, 50 pence, 2003.  The Queen's Coronation Jubilee.
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Guernsey, 2 pounds, 1993.  The Queen's Coronation Jubilee.
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