Avril Vaughan, Coin Designer

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Avril Vaughan.


Avril Vaughan was born in Twickenham, England, in 1937 and gained a scholarship to the Twickenham School of Art in the 1950s. From the early 1960s to 1971, she was  personal assistant to David Thomas, designer and goldsmith, and worked on cire perdue casting, stone cutting and enamelling. Afterwards she freelanced as a jeweller and sculptor. In 1976 she gained her first numismatic experience at the Royal Mint, when she modelled the official circulation coinage of Tuvalu from designs by John Donald, a designer and goldsmith, who now runs his own jewellery design business in London.

In 1977 Miss Vaughan joined the Franklin Mint, USA, for two years as a senior sculptor. Afterwards she freelanced once more as sculptor / designer for die sinking companies, the Royal Mint, the Royal Dutch Mint and the Norwegian Mint, while producing her own series of small bronzes and medals. Miss Vaughan died in 2006.
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Avril Vaughan designed the reverse of the 1996 UK five pound coin celebrating the 70th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Avril Vaughan also designed the UK five pound coin commemorating the life of the Queen Mother, who died in 2002.






A gold version of the five pound coin was also minted.

 
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Avril Vaughan also designed the reverse of the earlier Alderney 5 pound coin, dated 2000, that was issued to mark the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother.

 
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Avril Vaughan also produced this design of Marconi for a Royal Mint competition of 2001, the first competition in which the public were allowed to vote (via the internet). The winner of the competition was Robert Evans, whose design graced the 2 pound commemorative. I myself had voted for Miss Vaughan's design, though the designs were not attributed to any artist, and it was only during a subsequent telephone conversation with Miss Vaughan that I learned it had been hers.
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The reverse of the Malawi 5 kwacha UN commemorative of 1995 was also the work of Avril Vaughan.

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Bhutan, 300 ngultrum, 1995. UN commemorative. Miss Vaughan's initials appear on the collar of Mr Hammarskjold.

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Liberia, 10 dollars, 1995.  UN commemorative.  Miss Vaughan's initials appear at bottom left.

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Jamaica, 25 dollars, 1995.  UN commemorative.  Miss Vaughan's initialled design features children hugging.
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Seychelles, 25 rupees, 1995.  UN commemorative.
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In 1996, Avril Vaughan worked with the Royal Dutch Mint to produce a set of designs for Sierra Leone's new circulation set.

The design descriptions are as follows:

10   leones.  Mama Yoko: 18th century chieftain.   Reverse: Two fish.
50   leones.  Sir Henry Lightfoot - Boston.             Reverse: Central Bank.
100 leones.  King Naimbaba.                               Reverse: Cocoa pods on tree.
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A closer look at the Sierra Leone coins.
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Avril Vaughan was also a prolific medallist. Above you see the reverse of a cast bronze medal, designed in honour of Alexander Stirling, a Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Guild. It features an eight-pointed star within an octagon; between each point is a different symbol: lion-head, pound sign, sun, treasure-chest, building with colonnade, open book, pair of compasses, goblet; and a small five-pointed star at each point of a larger star.
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Avril Vaughan, seen above with person unknown, died in 2006. She was the widow of John Lobban (1919-1996).


See also:

Design Development of the UK 5 Pound Coin of 2002

The public were the judges in this Royal Mint design contest
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brandm24

I like her work very much, <k>, especially of the Queen Mother and the Sierra Leone coinage. An interesting biography.

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