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Gambia: alternative predecimal designs

Started by Galapagos, November 03, 2009, 07:08:00 PM

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NOTE: This topic was originally entitled The Final Mystery Design Quiz!

Well, these are the last mystery scans I have to show you, unless the National Archives in London receive any more material in the near future.

Because the last one was guessed very quickly, it spoilt the fun somewhat. Therefore, tonight I am going to ask the usual members to post their guess of which country these alternative designs are for. I will not respond, but I shall reveal the answer on the evening of 5th November 2009 at around 20:00 GMT. Enjoy!

Note: I am posting only three heavily edited designs for now, but on Thursday evening, I will post around 23 unedited designs in all.


Quote from: Ice Torch on November 06, 2009, 12:36:05 AM
A more logical choice (Nigeria doesn't like animals on its coins) - .

Yes I know that, but I thought these were rejected designs...

3rd guess - South Africa?


Quote from: ***** on November 06, 2009, 12:50:09 AM
Yes I know that, but I thought these were rejected designs...

3rd guess - South Africa?

Yes, they were rejected, so you were right to keep your guesses as wide open as your

third one. South Africa, not either. SA an intelligent guess, tho, as it'll be a country I haven't put up before.

UK Decimal +

Someone else has to have a try, even if it is too late to win a prize.   I don't know if you've even had this as an answer before, but I'll say Kenya.

Ilford, Essex, near London, England.

People look for problems and complain.   Engineers find solutions but people still complain.


Not Kenya. I do wish Kenya would get itself some decent coin designs, though. I think Kenya and Angola are most in need of them in Africa, closely followed by Mauritius, which at least has two decent designs: a palm tree and a deer.


Next, the threepence.


Now for the sixpence.


And the shilling.


The two shillings.


The four shilling designs.


The eight shilling designs.

Once more, the late prolific Michael Rizzello produced all of these designs below, as well as all the actual circulation pre-decimal designs of this country, and the first decimal ones too. Ultimately, his 8 shilling designs were not accepted.

So do you know which country it is now?   8)


With the last designs you made it quite easy indeed.




This series of "mystery designs" was pretty tough, I must say. And then, all of a sudden, once you posted the last two denominations, it was like, duh. Thank you very much for posting all these designs, "mystifying" them, revealing them ... was a lot of fun.



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