Prototype drawings of the stag on the Irish pound coin of 1990 to 2000

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Ireland, 1 pound, 1990.


In 1990 the Republic of Ireland issued its first circulating pound coin.

At that time, the country used the Irish pound as its national currency.


The design on the coin's reverse featured an Irish red deer (Cervus elaphus).

The animal shown was a stag, a male of the species.


The artist responsible for this fine design was Thomas Ryan (1929 to 2021).

He was educated at the Limerick College of Art and the National College of Art in Dublin.


I am extremely grateful to The Central Bank of Ireland.

The Bank has very kindly sent me images of Mr. Ryan's prototype designs.

I am privileged to have permission to show them here, on the World of Coins forum.


My special thanks to Michael E. Kenny, Chairman at the Numismatic Society of Ireland.

He liaised with the Central Bank of Ireland to make this possible.
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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 1-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 1.

Image Copyright of the Minister for Finance of Ireland, held in the Central Bank of Ireland Archive.
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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 2.0-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 2.0.

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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 2.1-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 2.1.

Image Copyright of the Minister for Finance of Ireland, held in the Central Bank of Ireland Archive.
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See: The Royal Mint Museum.

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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 3-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 3.

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Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 3.1-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 3.1.

Image Copyright of the Minister for Finance of Ireland, held in the Central Bank of Ireland Archive.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 4-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 4.

Image Copyright of the Minister for Finance of Ireland, held in the Central Bank of Ireland Archive.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

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£1 coin - Thomas Ryan - Design 5-.jpg

£1 coin.  Thomas Ryan.  Design 5.

Image Copyright of the Minister for Finance of Ireland, held in the Central Bank of Ireland Archive.
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Ireland: 50 ecu gold collector coin, 1990.

Image copyright of Goldberg Coins.


I regard Mr. Ryan's stag design as one of the classics of the 20th century.

He completed the assignment in record time.


He rendered the stag in the style of the old Percy Metcalfe designs.

It fitted seamlessly into the existing coinage of the day.

The old Metcalfe designs still graced the 5, 10, 20 and 50 pence reverses.


The word "punt" is Irish for "pound".

I especially like the stylishly exuberant pound sign in the exergue.

I am delighted finally to be able to view Thomas Ryan's charming prototypes of this design.


See also:  The story behind the Irish pound coin.
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