Development of the Bermuda Triangle coins of 1996

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In 1996 the Bermuda Monetary Authority asked the Royal Mint (UK) to mint a triangular collector coin that depicted a galleon at sea.

The triangular shape was a reference to the so called Bermuda Triangle.

The Royal Mint asked their artist and sculptor Robert Elderton to create the design.
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Memo of 29 January 1996.

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Here is Robert Elderton's first sketch.

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Here is the response of Lori Blackwood of the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA).
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Robert Elderton's first amendments to his sketch.

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Here Robert Elderton has shown the ship upright.

Tony Williamson, the Royal Mint's Overseas Sales Manager at that time, added some comments to the sketch.


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Here the ship is shown slightly larger.

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A slightly different version. Do you see the difference?

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The BMA wanted the year to be shown on the obverse, not the reverse.

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Next the BMA asked for a lobed triangular shape for the coin.

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The BMA did not like the form of the knots and sent some advice.

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Robert Elderton produced this alternative, with heart-shaped knots.

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Robert Elderton now produced a design with the knots tied more tightly.

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Finally, the BMA asked for the knots to be removed from the obverse design.

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Bermuda, $60, 1996.


The design was issued on coins of 3, 9, 30, 60 and 180 dollars.

The first three coins were in silver, while the others were in gold.

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