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Cyprus 1963: sketches showing unadopted designs for the circulation coinage

Started by <k>, November 29, 2020, 10:54:45 AM

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First coinage of modern independent Cyprus, 1963.

See: Republic of Cyprus: pre-euro coinage.


In 1963 the Republic of Cyprus issued its first coins.

They consisted of 1 mil, 5 mils, 25 mils, 50 mils, and 100 mils denominations.

These were struck at the Royal Mint (UK).

Their obverse and reverse designs were by English artist and engraver William Gardner.
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Unadopted design: 3 mils, Cyprus, 1963. Stylised cedar of Lebanon tree.

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I am very grateful to the Royal Mint Museum for providing me with images of these sketches.
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Unadopted design: 5 mils, Cyprus, 1963.  Head of Minerva?

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The name of the artist responsible for these sketches was not recorded.

However, I suspect that the artist was William Gardner, who designed the issued coinage.
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Unadopted design: an alternative 5 mils, Cyprus, 1963.  Bull.

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Unadopted design: 100 mils, Cyprus, 1963.  A male mouflon (Ovis orientalis ophion).

The mouflon is a wild ram (male) or sheep (female) that is native to Cyprus.


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New Zealand $1 1967.jpg


Above you see the reverse design of the New Zealand $1 collector coin of 1967.

That design was also the work of William Gardner.


Notice the wavy pattern around the inner rim of the coin.

Mr. Gardner also used a similar pattern on the reverse of the Cyprus coins.

By his style shall you know him.  :)
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chrisild

Indeed, thank you <k> for the research and for posting the "finds" here! What I find interesting beyond the main elements of the designs is the rim styles: Both the actually minted coins and the designs that did not make it have "wave rims" on the image sides. Maybe the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, who knows ... and maybe they were even part of what the designer had to build into the designs. :)

Christian