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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Guernsey
« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2016, 03:41:51 PM »



The obverse of the Guernsey 1982 twenty pence coin.
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Guernsey
« Reply #31 on: June 11, 2016, 03:43:26 PM »

UK 20 pence of 1982.



Whilst the surface of the UK 20 pence coin was countersunk, the Guernsey 20 pence was flat, although both coins were seven-sided.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Guernsey
« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2016, 11:54:06 PM »

The Guernsey pound coin of 1983.



In 1983, Guernsey issued another circulation pound coin with a new reverse design. Again, this was designed by Robert Elderton, and it featured the HMS Crescent, a Guernsey frigate. The edge inscription on ALL Guernsey pound coins reads "BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY".

The UK issued its first modern circulation pound coin in 1983. The coin was 3.15mm thick, 22.5mm in diameter, and weighed 9.5g. Interestingly, the specifications of the Guernsey 1983 pound coin were exactly the same. This meant that Guernsey's 1983 coin was slightly larger than the 1981 version. Notice also that Guernsey's 1983 pound coin has beads around the rim, like the UK's pound coins before 2008, but unlike Guernsey's pound coin of 1981.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Guernsey
« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2016, 11:55:03 PM »



The obverse of a Guernsey 1983 pound coin.
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« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2016, 11:55:39 PM »
In 1985 Guernsey produced a new set of reverse designs for its circulation coins, and these were all the work of Robert Elderton. These designs are still used today. The descriptions on the official mint set explained that each design illustrates an aspect of Guernsey's economy:

1p.    Fishing: The Guernsey crab.
2p.    Agriculture: The Guernsey cow.
5p.    Tourism: Sailing in Island waters.
10p.  Edible horticulture: Guernsey tomatoes.
20p.  Light industry: The Island within cog-wheels.
50p.  Non-edible horticulture: Guernsey freesias.
£1.    Finance: Detail from the Guernsey pound note. Edge inscription: "BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY".
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Guernsey
« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2016, 11:56:54 PM »



The penny features a European spider crab (Maja squinado).
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« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2016, 11:57:17 PM »



The two pence shows two Guernsey cows.
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« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2016, 11:57:37 PM »



The five pence features two yachts sailing in Island waters.
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« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2016, 11:57:56 PM »



Tomatoes are featured on the ten pence coin.
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« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2016, 11:58:12 PM »



The twenty pence represents the Island within cog-wheels.
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« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2016, 11:58:35 PM »



The 50 pence coin features Guernsey freesias.
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« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2016, 12:00:15 AM »



The pound coin showed a detail from the Guernsey pound note.

Edge inscription: "BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY".
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« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2016, 12:01:19 AM »



A Guernsey pound note, showing the pound sign, as seen on the coin.

 
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« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2016, 12:04:27 AM »

The obverse of the pound coin.



In addition to issuing a new design series, Guernsey had decided to use an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse of its coins for the first time. However, a small version of the Guernsey arms appeared to the left of the Queen's effigy. Prior to that, Guernsey had always used its own coat of arms only on the obverse. The Guernsey treasury stated that the reason for this change was to make Guernsey's coinage more appealing to collectors of Commonwealth coins.

1985 was, by coincidence, also the year when the UK adopted Raphael Maklouf's new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which replaced the one by Arnold Machin. Guernsey also used the new Maklouf portrait, which is shown above.
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« Reply #44 on: June 12, 2016, 12:16:04 AM »



The portrait on the obverse of a 50 pence coin.
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