News:

Sign up for the monthly zoom events by sending a PM with your email address to Hitesh

Main Menu

Unrealised FAO and UN-sponsored designs

Started by Galapagos, October 23, 2009, 09:56:18 PM

Previous topic - Next topic

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Galapagos

CI.jpg



CI1.jpg



FAO sketches 1968-1970.jpg


The images shown here are photocopies from a Royal Mint document in the National Archives.

It is entitled: "FAO Coin Plan 1968-70: Sketches for Possible Use on Development Coins".

Note that none of these sketches was ever turned into a coin.

The first sketches are by Christopher Ironside.

HE produced the UK's first decimal designs, and designs for many overseas countries.

These sketches remind me in style of the Tongan circulation coin designs of 1975.

Does any one else notice a similarity?

Galapagos

#1
WG.jpg



WG1.jpg



WG2.jpg

These next sketches are by William Gardner.

He designed the reverse of the UK's first 20 pence coin.

He also designed the first decimal coins of the Falkland Islands.

africancoins

The Ironside designs look a little like Jamaica 1 Cent FAO coins.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

Galapagos

Mr Ironside did in fact design Jamaica's first decimal coins.

Galapagos

#4
Trinidad 1969 FAO Dollar.jpg

Trinidad, $1, 1969, FAO.



D1.jpg  D2.jpg



D3.jpg  D4.jpg


Yet another result of my visits to the National Archives, London.

In 1969,Trinidad and Tobago issued a one dollar coin with a FAO theme.


Here are some sketches of the alternatives considered.

English artist Michael Rizzello produced the sketches and the ultimate coin design.


Question: how many lives were saved or famines prevented by the issue of this coin?

a3v1

The second sketch looks extremely familiar to me. A rather similar design has been used for the 1970 F.A.O. 4 Dollars issued for a number of countries (Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St.Kitts, St.Lucia, and St.Vincent) by the Caribbean Development Bank. Perhaps these coins also have been designed by Michael Rizzello?
Regards,
a3v1
Over half a century of experience as a coin collector.
-------------
Money is like body fat: If there's too much of it, it always is in the wrong places.

Galapagos

#6
In this instance I don't know for sure, but the Royal Mint has had a habit of assigning a single artist to a project, where possible, so it could well be that Mr Rizzello designed those coins also. I imagine this is in order to achieve a unity of style. However, the Pobjoy Mint and the Franklin Mint (in the 1970s) have both at times used several artists on a single set, and you wouldn't notice the difference, so both approaches seem to work.

See also: Michael Rizzello, Coin Designer.

<k>

#7
Seychelles FAO.jpg


In 1973 the FAO pitched an idea for a FAO coin design to Seychelles.

F.A.O. stands for Food and Agricultural Organisation.

This sketch, apparently by Vic Sutton, was used to convey the idea.

I have never heard of him before or since.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#8



In 1974 this 10 rupees coin was issued by the Seychelles.

It was designed by Suzanne Danielli.

But is it a FAO-themed coin?
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#9



In 1976 the Seychelles became independent.

The same design was used again in 1976 and 1977.

See also:

Turtles and tortoises on coins
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#10
Bahamas FAO-5c.jpg

A Bahamas FAO coin that never was.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#11
Guernsey FAO - sketch.jpg


This very rudimentary sketch was meant for Guernsey.

Imagine if Guernsey, a rich banking island, released a FAO coin today.

World stock markets would probably crash when they heard the the news.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#12
Kenya 5s - FAO sketch-.jpg



Kenya 5s - FAO sketch.jpg

A corn cob design for Kenya that was never released.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#13
Sillman 20 ngwee-sketch.jpg

A 20 ngwee design for Zambia.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.

<k>

#14
Qatar and Dubai FAO sketch.jpg

Left: Qatar and Dubai, 1 rial. Right: Muscat, 5 baisa.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.