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Maldives: alternative designs for the 2 rufiyaa coin of 1995

Started by <k>, April 10, 2019, 07:44:38 PM

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My thanks to The Royal Mint Museum for providing these wonderful sketches showing alternative designs for the 2 rufiyaa coin of 1995.

 
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Initial sketches.




According to the Royal Mint Museum:

Registered files show that the Royal Mint was asked to prepare drawings incorporating the conch shell. No names are given but they were clearly prepared internally.

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<k>

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<k>

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This sketch was the work of Robert Elderton.

See: Guernsey, pound coin 1981: preliminary designs.






The quality and style of this sketch reminds me of Robert Elderton's sketch above.






Additionally, the figure '9' is shown in the same style. That style of '9' was also used on Guernsey's circulation pound coins of 1981, and Mr Elderton designed that coin.






Guernsey, 1 penny, 1985, by Robert Elderton.

However, Mr Elderton's later designs for Guernsey used a different style of '9'.






The Guernsey coins of the 1970s were designed by Paul Vincze. Notice the style of '9' that is used. Subsequent artists would often be required to use the same style of font as on previous coins. Looking at the 1985 Guernsey penny, you see that Mr Elderton was emulating Mr Vincze's style, with reference to the figure '9', rather than using his own preferred style.




My guess therefore is that Robert Elderton produced these sketches for the Maldives and also the final design for the 2 rufiyaa coin of 1995.
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Robert Elderton's sketch for the Guernsey 2 pence coin of 1985.

See: Guernsey: 1985 coinage - adopted and unadopted designs.






Compare the style of the man in the prior image to the man in this image. Do you see a similarity? That's my thought, for what it's worth.
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Figleaf

Difficult. The Elderton design is more precise, less impressionist", I think. Compare the hair, the sleeves and the wrinkles in the clothes.

Whoever the designer, I like both studies for showing a person interacting with what was thought of as the subject of the design. It makes both designs more lively.

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

<k>

Quote from: Figleaf on April 10, 2019, 10:15:10 PM
Difficult. The Elderton design is more precise, less impressionist", I think. Compare the hair, the sleeves and the wrinkles in the clothes.

Then again, the Maldives sketch with the human is far more rough and ready. By contrast, the Guernsey sketch has reached a more considered stage.
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