Yemen 1973 unadopted tree design by Michael Rizzello

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Yemen.  Royal Mint memo, 1973.


In 1973 the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen contacted the Royal Mint (UK).

It asked the Mint to provide some new 2.5 and 5 fils coins with new designs.
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Michael Rizzello provided sketches of the subjects.

Here is his sketch of a cotton plant.
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Michael Rizzello's sketch of a lobster.
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Michael Rizzello's sketch of a dragon blood tree.
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The issued 2.5 fils design of 1973. The coin was made of aluminium.
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The issued 5 fils design of 1973. The coin was made of aluminium.
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The dragon blood design was never used.

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The Republic of Yemen did issue a coin showing a dragon blood tree in 2004.

It was a bimetallic 20 rials coin.
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The Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari) is a Dragon Tree unique to Socotra Island, Yemen.

This evergreen species is named after its dark red resin, which is known as "dragon's blood".
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Yemen also issued a steel version of the 20 rials coin in 2006.

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Gibraltar, 1 pound, 2014.  Dragon tree (Dracaena draco).



Interestingly, in 2014 Gibraltar issued a circulation round pound with a similar design.

See: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar.
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