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Unrealised FAO and UN-sponsored designs
« on: October 23, 2009, 09:56:18 PM »
The images shown here are photocopies from a Royal Mint document in the National Archives: "FAO Coin Plan 1968-70: Sketches for Possible Use on Development Coins".

Note that none of these sketches was ever turned into a coin.

The first sketches are by Christopher Ironside, who produced the UK's first decimal designs, as well as many other designs for overseas countries. These sketches remind me in style of the Tongan circulation coin designs of 1975. I do not know, however, who did design those coins. Does any one else notice a similarity?
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Re: Unrealised FAO and UN-sponsored designs
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 09:58:11 PM »
These next sketches are by William Gardner, who designed the reverse of the UK's first twenty pence coin, as well as the first decimal coins of the Falkland Islands.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 10:05:51 PM »
The Ironside designs look a little like Jamaica 1 Cent FAO coins.

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009, 10:07:08 PM »
Mr Ironside did in fact design Jamaica's first decimal coins.

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 05:05:46 PM »
Yet another result of my visits to the National Archives, London. In 1969, Trinidad and Tobago issued a one dollar coin with a FAO theme. Here are some sketches of the alternatives considered. The late English numismatic artist Michael Rizzello was responsible for the sketches and the ultimate coin design.

Question: how many lives were saved or famines prevented by the issue of this coin?
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009, 05:35:06 PM »
The second sketch looks extremely familiar to me. A rather similar design has been used for the 1970 F.A.O. 4 Dollars issued for a number of countries (Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St.Kitts, St.Lucia, and St.Vincent) by the Caribbean Development Bank. Perhaps these coins also have been designed by Michael Rizzello?
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009, 05:40:11 PM »
In this instance I don't know for sure, but the Royal Mint has had a habit of assigning a single artist to a project, where possible, so it could well be that Mr Rizzello designed those coins also. I imagine this is in order to achieve a unity of style. However, the Pobjoy Mint and the Franklin Mint (in the 1970s) have both at times used several artists on a single set, and you wouldn't notice the difference, so both approaches seem to work.

See also: Michael Rizzello, Coin Designer.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 12:44:24 AM »
In 1973 the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) pitched an idea for a FAO coin design to Seychelles. This sketch, apparently by Vic Sutton, was used to convey the idea. I have never heard of him before or since.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2011, 12:46:52 AM »
In 1974 this coin was issued by the Seychelles. It was designed by Suzanne Danielli. But is it a FAO-themed coin?
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2011, 12:48:35 AM »
In 1976 the Seychelles became independent, and the same design was used again in 1976 and 1977.

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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2012, 11:35:10 PM »
A Bahamas FAO coin that never was.
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012, 11:37:25 PM »
This very rudimentary sketch was meant for Guernsey. Imagine if Guernsey, a rich banking island, released a FAO coin today. World stock markets would probably crash when they heard the the news.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2012, 11:38:52 PM »
A corn cob design for Kenya that was never released.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2012, 11:39:27 PM »
A 20 ngwee design for Zambia.
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2012, 11:40:13 PM »
Left: Qatar and Dubai, 1 rial. Right: Muscat, 5 baisa.
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