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Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« on: March 02, 2021, 08:56:40 PM »
I recently acquired a Solomon Islands Dollar 1995 FAO,
what I thought was the Maklauf portrait has the initials "ELF" below,
anyone know who this is?  (apologies if we've had this discussion before :))
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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2021, 09:06:39 PM »
Hmm. Schön's book mentions nothing about it. I see that on the 20 cent Solomon Islands 1995 FAO there is this ELF too. His book seems to indicate the pieces were made at the Italian mint.

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2021, 09:54:37 PM »
It really might be this E.L.F. person then...

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ettore_Lorenzo_Frapiccini

Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2021, 08:41:57 PM »
That fits...
These didn't appear on the market for several years after the issue date - so they have always been an odd issue all-round.
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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2021, 09:06:54 PM »
It indeed appears to be the correct answer, very good! Somewhat strange that he replaced RDM's initials with those of himself. But it is not the first time an artist puts his initials under the portrait of another (Wenckebach - Brindley on the Netherlands Antilles collectors coins).

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2021, 10:05:19 PM »
Would you think that E.L.F. did his own close copy of the RDM portrait ?

It seems that way to me.

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2021, 10:46:55 PM »
Would you think that E.L.F. did his own close copy of the RDM portrait ?
It seems that way to me.

Yes, I think you are right.

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2021, 10:56:59 PM »
Some of the later portraits used on Solomon Island coins look odd to me too, but they all seem to have the usual RDM initials.
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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2021, 09:48:17 AM »
That fits...
These didn't appear on the market for several years after the issue date - so they have always been an odd issue all-round.

When did they appear?

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2021, 05:31:36 PM »
Somewhere around 2005 if I remember correctly,
It's probably possible to work out when if you have a collection of Krause books  :)
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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2021, 10:06:01 PM »
I could look in a heap of books. Although one clue for finding when these were first listed (without a heap of books) would be to see the "dates" of the other types with neighbouring KM numbers for the same country.

From memory, Andy's "somewhere around 2005" suggestion sounded at least about right.

I guessed I would have some messages to help with this.

I found that in September 2004 I had told a keen FAO collector in Italy that I had seen the Solomon Islands 1995 20 Cents FAO coin on Ebay (a current lot).

I had not remembered from before that his response to that information was that that he was aware of this coin and had purchased a few pieces in the 1996 from the FAO Numismatic Office in Rome. At that time he also told me of the similar 1 Dollar in silver.

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2021, 04:52:07 AM »
Interesting - I guess they weren't marketed very well (as I assume they were struck in 1995 or thereabouts).

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Re: Solomon Islands Dollar 1995
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2021, 03:45:31 PM »
While the history of 20 cents appears to be difficult to trace back, 1 dollar certainly comes from 1995 or only slightly later date . It was included in the official silver coin collection for FAO 50th anniversary 1945-1995.
I do not find any evidence of 20c having been included in any similar base metal sets.