A few designer initials

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Several coins of the Turks and Caicos collector coins that were issued in the 1990s carry the initials LB. These coins were produced by the Osborne Coinage Company. The initials stand for Luigi Badia, a sculptor based in New York, who emigrated to the USA with his family, at the age of 10.

Data provided by Dr. Gerhard Schön (a forum member), publisher of the Weltmünzkatalog (World Coin Catalog) of the 20th and 21st centuries.






His portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. His initials appear at the base of the Queen's neck.






Other examples of his initials.
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Turks and Caicos 5 crowns 1995.jpg

Turks and Caicos 5 crowns, 1995.


Another of Luigi Badia's designs, plus initials: 50th anniversary of VE Day.

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Zambia, 250 kwacha, 1993: saddle-billed stork, and African fish eagle.


The WM on these coins stands for Werner Mebert.

These are two of a set of four wildlife coins that he designed for the Valcambi SA mint of Switzerland.

He more usually works for the Stuttgart Mint of Germany.

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The initials on this coin puzzled me for a long time. They are DE and stand for Donald Everhart. American collectors will be well acquainted with the name "Don Everhart II", as he likes to be known. This is one of a series of 10 designs depicting Zambian wildlife that he created for the Royal Mint. They are all dated 1998. This one features a lion.

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#4
In 1994 Zambia issued a series of collector coins entitled "Human Rights"Human Rights series, produced by the Gold Reef City Mint. They all carry the initials TS, which stand for Tommy Sasseen, who modelled these designs, which were prepared by Denis Murphy.

Tommy Sasseen is a South African, and he is probably best known for his designs for Rhodesia (1964-1979), which also carry his initials.





Coins of Rhodesia.


Zambia 500K-TS 1994.jpg

A Zambian 500 kwacha collector coin of 1994.

Part of the Human Rights series, it depicts an eagle.
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Australia $100 1989.jpg


Michael Tracey designed the reverse of the commemorative Australian 50 cents of 1988.

His initials do not appear on that design.

You can see them on the Australian platinum $100 koala design of 1989.
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Australia, $500, 1991. 

The initials JB stand for James Brown, as in Doctor Gordon James Brown of Australia.
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If you like a design, it is often difficult to find out which artist designed it, because this data is often not given. However, THE best source for such data, where it is available, is the German publication, Weltmünzkatalog (World Coin Catalog) of the 20th and 21st centuries, by our distinguished forum member, Dr. Gerhard Schön.
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Congo Dem Rep 10fr 1965.jpg

Congo Democratic Republic, 10 francs, 1965.


Lion design by Carlos van Dionant. 

Denomination side by  Georges-André Brunet. 

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Australia $200 1997 2003 JR.jpg

Australia, 200 dollars, 1997 and 2003. 


Designs by Jovan Radanovich of the Perth Mint.

2000 coin - the initials are on the branch at lower left.
1997 coin - the initials are on the small branch at mid right.

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Australia $200 2004 TF.jpg

Australia, 200 dollars, 2004. 

TF = Travis Farley of the Perth Mint. 

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This thing was made in more innocent times. When it was issued, collectors were aghast over the little W below the queen's head, for the designer, Prof. Ludwig Wenkebach. The design was shamelessly copied by the Ottawa mint without the permission and against the wishes of the owners, Prof. Wenkebach and the Utrecht mint. Standard procedure now, but considered theft of intellectual property at the time.

Older collectors still maintain that this is a medal at best, certainly not a coin of the realm. The younger crowd only note that it was made legal tender (as if that matters). The medals never circulated anywhere.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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The initial is a B, not a W. Did you get your designers mixed up?
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Quote from: <k> on November 25, 2014, 01:04:20 PMThe initial is a B, not a W. Did you get your designers mixed up?
The Dutch coins minted in Utrecht have the original portrait of the Queen by Oswald Wenckebach and the W mark, while the adaption by the Royal Canadian Mint comes with the B signature of Patrick Brindley.

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Iraq 1943 4 Fils.jpg

Iraq, 10 fils, 1943.

Faisal II (1935-58) was the last King of Iraq.

Our forum member africancoins relates here how he discovered that the portrait designer was Patrick Brindley.
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