Bermuda Variations, 1970

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In 1970 Bermuda released two collector coins: a gold twenty dollar coin depicting a cahow bird, and a silver one dollar coin showing fish leaping and a map of the islands. Here are some scans of photocopies of Royal Mint documents that I made at the National Archives, London, depicting unadopted variations on these themes. All these designs, as well as those eventually adopted, are by the English numismatic artist Michael Rizzello, who also designed Bermuda's circulation coins.

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#1
Below you see the actual designs that were released in 1970.

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Phil,
  The Bermudian gold $20 reverse design reminds me of the reverse designs of one of the gold medal-coins that the Franklin Mint struck for the British Virgin Islands in the late 1970's.

Aidan.

Galapagos

Aidan, I can see the signature of Gilroy Roberts on the coin you mention. The Bermudian designs were by Michael Rizzello.

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Bermuda's first decimal circulation coins were released in 1970. From 1966 onwards, the Royal Mint assigned Michael Rizzello to produce designs for the new coinage.

Here is the most unusual of the designs he produced for the one cent coin: brain coral. From Wikipedia: "Brain coral is a common name given to corals in the family Faviidae so called due to their generally spheroid shape and grooved surface which resembles a brain."
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#6
Another provisional design for the one cent coin depicted a triton shell.

See also: Seashells and conches on coins.
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#7
Two onions appear on another alternative design for the one cent coin.
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The issued one cent coin featured a wild boar.
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#9
The alternative design for the 10 cents coin showed Bermuda's national flower, the blue-eyed grass.

Photos of the blue-eyed grass.
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#10

This is the issued 10 cents coin, which features an Easter lily.


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#11
This alternative 25 cents design (bottom) shows a sailing boat.





The design was not used, but a sailing boat has appeared on the Bermuda circulation dollar since 1988.
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#12

A cahow design featured on a Bermuda dollar coin in 1983 only.




A cahow appears on another alternative 25 cents design.
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#13

The issued 25 cents coins showed a white-tailed tropic bird.

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A photo of a white-tailed tropic bird.
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Figleaf

I have always assumed that the piggy was inspired by hog money, but never tested the hypothesis. Put them side by side and it is quite obvious.

Peter

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