Jamaica: unadopted designs for the first decimal series

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BACKGROUND

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In 1968 the Jamaican authorities asked the Royal Mint (UK) to provide the country with a decimal coinage and appropriate new designs.

In May 1968 Mr. Fletcher, a Royal Mint official, sent the following memo to Alan Dowling, Head of the Royal Mint's General Section.

The Bank of Jamaica has agreed that the designs which are to appear on their new decimal coins (to be introduced in September 1969) should be shown to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. The designs were prepared by Mr. Christopher Ironside.

The subject matters appearing on the designs are:-

1 oent- - Ackee - the national fruit of Jamaica.
2½ cents - Devon House.
5 cents - Jamaica House.
10 cents - Lignum Vitae - the national flower of Jamaica.
20 cents - The Blue Mahoe Tree - the national tree of
Jamaica.
25 cents - The Doctor Bird or Swallow Tail Humming Bird - the national bird of Jamaica.

Photographs of the designs at approximate coin sizes are enclosed.

The point was made quite forcibly to the Bank that buildings were not really suitable subject matters for coin designs but they were quite adamant that Devon House and Jamaica House should feature on two of the coins. In deference to our arguments they agreed that Devon House should appear on the 2½ cent coin instead of, as they originally intended, on the 1 cent coin. The reason being that they expect the 2½ cent coin to have a short life and that therefore, the design will die with the coin (there is in fact a slight possibility that the denomination might never be introduced).

The designs have already been approved by the Bank and although they have agreed that they should be shown to the R.M.A.C. I suspect they consider this to be a formality and that we will commence preparing the master
tools before very long.

I would be grateful for your observations as Secretary of the R.M.A.C. as to the manner in which opinions of the R.M.A.C. members should be sought.
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IMAGES

I am very grateful to the staff of the Royal Mint Museum.

They provided me with high quality images of the relevant unadopted designs.


The designs were executed on card.

Each card was then attached to a larger card as a holder.


I have cropped the images to remove the outer parts of the holder.

This allowed me to show the design details at a larger size.


All images are © Royal Mint Museum (UK).
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The common obverse of the coinage, showing the coat of arms.


This design was executed by English artist and sculptor Christopher Ironside for the Royal Mint.

He also created all the designs for the reverse of the coinage.
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Proposed design for the 1 cent coin.   It features an ackee.
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Alternative design for the 1 cent coin.  It features an ackee.
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Proposed design for the 2½ cent coin.


The design features Devon House.

Interestingly, the coin was intended to be twelve-sided.

Ultimately, no 2½ cent coin was issued.
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Alternative design for the 2½ cent coin.


This design also featured Devon House.
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Jamaica_5_A_Building-.jpg

Proposed design for the 5 cent coin.


The design features Jamaica House.

This is the official residence of the Jamaican prime minister.
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Jamaica_5_B_Building-.jpg

Alternative design for the 5 cent coin.


The design again featured Jamaica House.
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Jamaica_5_A-.jpg

Alternative design for the 5 cent coin.


This design featured a butterfly.
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Jamaica_5_B-.jpg

Alternative design for the 5 cent coin.


This design featured a Homerus Swallowtail butterfly.
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Proposed design for the 10 cent coin.


The design featured Lignum Vitae.

This is the national flower of Jamaica.
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