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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2020, 01:20:25 PM »
TDC also issued a 2 pound coin as part of the Queen Mother 90th birthday issues. The reverse designs of these coins were designed by Leslie Durbin.

See: Queen Mother's 90th birthday commemoratives: flower series of 1990.
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2020, 01:36:17 PM »
In the year 2000, only Ascension and St Helena issued copper-nickel commemoratives. This time, the words '50 PENCE' returned to the obverse.

Both coins celebrated the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother. She lived a very long life, but in all that time she never once sent me a piece of her birthday cake - and I'm sure she could have afforded to - nor did she ever invite me to her birthday party.  :'(
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2020, 05:31:25 PM »
Ascension issued two new collector coins in 2011, and we see that the 50 pence denomination was now gone.

Instead the crown was revived, and we now also had a 2 pound coin.

And another change: the obverse of the coins now carried the Ian Rank-Broadley's uncouped portrait of the Queen.
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2020, 05:43:45 PM »
From 2016 a new portrait of the Queen was used on the collector coins of Ascension. Now we see the letters 'PM' on the obverse, meaning that the coin is a product of the Pobjoy Mint.

Was the earlier portrait change a result of a change in mints, I wonder?
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2020, 06:00:32 PM »
After 2005 Saint Helena concentrated on gold, silver, plated and coloured coins, often with multiple coins in a series. They are too diverse to describe succinctly and are very different in nature from the previous more traditional issues, so I shall leave the subject of Saint Helena here.
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2020, 06:18:14 PM »
From 2005 there are also notable changes in Tristan da Cunha's output. A new portrait of the Queen is used on the obverse, and sometimes the denomination is shown on the obverse, sometimes on the reverse. Also the abbreviation 'TDC' is used for the first time, presumably to save space. These variations look simply sloppy to my eye, but perhaps they were also made to appeal to a certain section of the collector market. I presume also that a different mint was now being used.

From this point on, Tristan da Cunha's output of collector coins increases hugely and becomes too varied to describe succinctly, compared to the older more traditional issues.
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2020, 06:29:02 PM »
Curiously, Saint Helena-Ascension issued a 5 pounds coin in 2008, and a 25 pence coin in 2012 and 2013. There have been no more joint issues from the two islands since then, so far as I know.
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Re: Collector coins of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha compared
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2020, 06:35:38 PM »

1993.



Notice that the joint issues of Saint Helena-Ascension since 2008 (see previous post) use the word 'QUEEN' in the obverse legend.

The word did not appear on previous issues. However, it always appears on the circulation coins of Saint Helena-Ascension.





Saint-Helena Ascension, 2 pence coin, 1984.
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