Ethiopia: Unrealised designs by Stuart Devlin

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In 1977 Ethiopia issued a new coin series.

The designs were by Stuart Devlin.


The lion head design was used as the common obverse.

The other designs were socialist in nature.


The one exception was the mountain nyala on the 10 santeem coin.
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Mr Devlin also produced a pangolin design, which was not adopted.
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In addition he produced an unadopted elephant design.
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The only issued design I have seen of a pangolin.

It appeared on the Zimbabwean $2 coin of 1997.

I do not know who designed it.
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Ethiopia, 5 santeem, 1977.  Unissued design of a cotton plant.

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I am extremely grateful to the staff of the Royal Mint Museum.

They have kindly unearthed some more unissued Ethiopian designs.
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Cotton.jpg


Here you see a typical cotton plant.

There are various species.


This plant has spiky leaf tips.

The leaf-tips on the Ethiopian designs are rounded.
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Ethiopia, 25 santeem, 1977.  Unissued version showing a soldier.

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Ethiopia, 5 santeem, 1977.   Soldier.


A similar version of the soldier design appeared on the issued 5 santeem coin.
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Ethiopia, 50 santeem, 1977.    Unissued version showing the obelisks of Axum, Ethiopia.

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THE DESIGNER

The issued designs were the work of the late Australian artist and sculptor, Stuart Devlin.

I presume that he also produced the design featuring the scene at Axum.


See also:  Coinage of Ethiopia since 1977.
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stef

Slightly different version of the lion from this paper.

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