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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2017, 01:40:03 PM »

The issued design looks rather different.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2017, 01:43:38 PM »
Originally there was going to be a 25 pence coin, but St Helena decided against it. The suggested design showed Jonathan the giant tortoise, a local animal, against a background of Plantation House, the government building. One member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee suggested it looked like a tortoise entering a canning factory.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2017, 01:44:52 PM »
Originally the 50 pence was going to feature the arms of the Honourable East India Company.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2017, 01:47:38 PM »
Two versions of the turtle on the 50 pence.  Rather poor scans, unfortunately. There was some discussion about the placement of the bubbles and the ripples on the design.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2017, 01:48:18 PM »

The issued design.




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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2017, 01:56:47 PM »
The sooty tern, or "Wideawake" bird, appeared on the pound coin. Here are two versions. Once more, the scans are very poor, unfortunately. However, hopefully you can see that one design included a pound sign. For some reason, nobody liked the pound sign, and in fact it is to be found on very few pound coins anywhere in the UK or Britain's overseas territories.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2017, 01:57:51 PM »

One pound.  Sooty tern, or "Wideawake".  Onychoprion fuscatus.

Incuse edge inscription: "COLONY OF ST HELENA".

NOTE: Since 2006 the edge inscription reads: "ISLAND ST. HELENA" - notice the period after "ST", which did not appear on earlier edge inscriptions.




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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2017, 02:01:57 PM »
Originally there was going to be a 2 pound coin. I imagine that this would have been intended for collectors only.

This design shows Lot on St Helena.

Taking their names from the story of Lot in the Book of Genesis, "Lot" and "Lot's Wife" are two solitary pillars of rock topping two valleys near Sandy Bay.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2017, 02:06:03 PM »
Another candidate for the 2 pound coin was Jacob's Ladder.

Jacobís Ladder is a run of 699 steps, up from Jamestown in the floor of the valley to the fort at Ladder Hill on the western valley slope.

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« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2017, 02:08:15 PM »
Yet another option was Longwood House, the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, during his exile on the island.

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« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2017, 02:11:49 PM »
This is a fitting point to show the design of Napoleon, that was originally going to grace the one pound coin. It is taken from the painting "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" by Jacques-Louis David.

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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2017, 02:13:28 PM »
Finally, there was going to be a four pounds coin, presumably just for collectors, but it was never issued.

The design showed an East Indiaman sailing ship of around 1815.

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Re: St. Helena and Ascension: unadopted circulation designs
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2017, 09:34:21 PM »
It's interesting about the 25p.  St Helena-Ascension didn't introduce the 20p until 1998 - did they really spend 16 years trying to decide which denomination to go with?

Prior to 1984, they must have used UK coinage.  Presumably the 20p was never issued there in 1982.

By the way, what's the correct way of pronouncing Helena?  I've always pronounced it as Helen with an "a" on the end (I was probably thinking of the 1980s Czech tennis player, Helena Sukova).  However, on the The One Show tonight, a reporter pronounced it Heleena.  Which is right?

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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2017, 12:19:18 AM »
It's interesting about the 25p.  St Helena-Ascension didn't introduce the 20p until 1998 - did they really spend 16 years trying to decide which denomination to go with?

I doubt it. They just probably had no use for one at first.

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Prior to 1984, they must have used UK coinage.  Presumably the 20p was never issued there in 1982.

They did. You mean the UK 20p? Well, it must have found its way there.

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By the way, what's the correct way of pronouncing Helena?  I've always pronounced it as Helen with an "a" on the end (I was probably thinking of the 1980s Czech tennis player, Helena Sukova).  However, on the The One Show tonight, a reporter pronounced it Heleena.  Which is right?

Heleena, definitely.  And the Nevis in St Kitts and Nevis, over in the Caribbean, is pronounced Neevis. I used to pronounce the Falklands as Forklands before their war, but it's Fawlklands, as I learnt from the news presenters.

 
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