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Falkland Islands 1980 50 pence - design development
« on: March 03, 2019, 03:24:31 PM »
In late 1979, representatives of the Falkland Islands asked the Royal Mint (UK) to produce a 50 pence coin for the territory, since at that time the 10 pence was the highest denomination of the Falklands circulation coinage. The Falklands' representatives requested a design of the extinct Falkland wolf.

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The Falkland Islands wolf (Dusicyon australis), also known as the warrah and occasionally as the Falkland Islands dog, Falkland Islands fox or Antarctic wolf, was the only native land mammal of the Falkland Islands. It became extinct in 1876. An analysis of its DNA in 2009 identified the Falkland Island wolf's closest living relative as the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)—an unusually long-legged, fox-like South American canid, from which it separated about 6.7 million years ago.



You can see the maned wolf on a Brazilian coin here.
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Re: Falkland Island 1980 50 pence - design development
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2019, 03:26:21 PM »
Royal Mint artist and sculptor Robert Elderton started work on the design. Here is his beautiful first sketch.
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Re: Falkland Island 1980 50 pence - design development
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2019, 03:31:09 PM »
Eric Sewell, a Royal Mint engraver who would later design the reverse of the UK's first round pound, was worried that the nose of the animal, on the eventual coin, would appear in the same spot as the Queen's eyebrow on the obverse, directly beneath it. This could cause problems in production with the relief of these details when the coins were struck.

Mr Sewell decided, based on his years of experience of these matters, that it would therefore be better to reverse the design of the animal in order to avoid this problem.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2019, 03:32:10 PM »
Robert Elderton duly obliged and produced a reverse version of his original sketch.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 03:33:37 PM »
The Falkland Islands' authorities were pleased with the result and in December 1979 it received royal approval.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 03:34:29 PM »
The new coin was issued in 1980. For me, it is a classic design.
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 03:35:54 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2019, 03:50:22 PM »
Two years later the Falkland Islands requested a 20 pence coin featuring a sheep. Once more, Robert Elderton was asked to produce the design.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2019, 03:51:32 PM »
This time, Mr Elderton produced only one version of the design, seen below.
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2019, 03:54:36 PM »
The coin was issued in 1982.
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Re: Falkland Islands 1980 50 pence - design development
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2019, 11:59:56 PM »
I'll need to do some research when I get back home, but Mr. Sewell's argument seems to explain why the Dutch mint decided to strike the last series of coins for queen Juliana with a 90° die rotation. I must also do some thinking to understand why two high points opposite each other would put xtra pressure on the dies on those points. Thank you for the insight.

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