Coins of the East Caribbean Territories

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The coins of The British Caribbean Territories - Eastern Group were minted from 1955 to 1965.

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After the demise of the British West Indies dollar in 1965, it was succeeded by the Eastern Caribbean dollar.

From Wikipedia:

In 1965, the British West Indies dollar of the now defunct West Indies Federation was replaced at par by the Eastern Caribbean dollar and the BCCB was replaced by the Eastern Caribbean Currency Authority or ECCA (established by the Eastern Caribbean Currency Agreement 1965). British Guiana withdrew from the currency union the following year. Grenada rejoined the common currency arrangement in 1968 having used the Trinidad and Tobago dollar from 1964. Barbados withdrew from the currency union in 1972, following which the ECCA headquarters were moved to St. Kitts.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States was created on 18 June 1981. Subsequently coins bearing the legend "East Caribbean States" were minted dated 1981. These circulated as part of the currency union existing among the member states. In 1980 and 1981, however, two commemorative coins were issued bearing the legend "East Caribbean Territories".
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The first of these coins commemorated the tenth anniversary of the Caribbean Development Bank. Unusually, it did not carry a portrait of the Queen on the obverse. Instead the obverse featured an altered version of the design from the 10, 25 and 50 cents coins of the British Caribbean Territories - Eastern Group.
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Above you see the design of the Golden Hind, a ship used by Sir Francis Drake of England, on the reverse of a 25 cents coin of the British Caribbean Territories - Eastern Group.
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Eric Sewell




Eric Sewell was the Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint (UK) in 1980. He later designed the reverse of the first UK round pound, issued in 1983. See also: UK pattern pound coin dated 1983.

Below you see the memo that he wrote while working on the amendment of Paget's design of the Golden Hind.
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In 1981 the second and final coin bearing the legend "East Caribbean Territories" was issued. It was another $10 coin, but this time it commemorated the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. The obverse showed the effigy of the Queen. The obverse added a map of the islands to the design of the ship. You can see that the extent of the waves surrounding the ship has been significantly altered, compared to Humphrey Paget's original design. I do not know who designed this coin. By 1981, Mr Sewell had retired from the Royal Mint. He designed the reverse of the 1983 round pound coin as a private person and as part of a competition.

Nowadays, you might look at the legend above and wonder "WHOSE wedding?". Nor does the altered design relate to the commemorated theme.

See also: Altered legend with same or similar design.
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Eventually the design of the Golden Hind, slightly altered yet again, graced some of the coins of the East Caribbean States. An excellent design is worth keeping, after all.
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