The world's oldest coin designs still being issued

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Here I will deal only with old designs that are found on regular circulating coins that are still being issued. I will NOT include old designs that appear on special commemorative circulation coins.

The 'youngest' designs that I will include are those from the 1970s. I believe that most countries have updated their designs at least once since the 1970s, but many designs probably still exist from the 1980s - too many for me to show.
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Probably the oldest designs still circulating are those from Switzerland.

Many of them date from 1850.

See: Coinage of Switzerland.
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Australia adopted its decimal coinage in 1966.

The 1 and 2 cents coins have since been demonetised.

The 5, 10 and 20 cents coins are still issued in their original size and weight.

They are now relatively large and heavy compared to other countries' coins.

See: The decimal coinage of Australia.
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The designs on the current coins of Barbados have been in use since their introduction in 1973.

See: Coinage of Barbados.
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Most of the designs of the current coins of Belize date back to 1973 and 1974.

The dollar design dates from 1990.

Even older is Mary Gillick's crowned portrait of the Queen that appears on the denominations lower than a dollar.

It dates back to 1953 and is no longer used by any other country or territory.
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The oldest designs on Bermuda's current coins date back to 1970.

See: Modern coinage of Bermuda.

 
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The lower denominations of Botswana's coins still show designs from 1976, when its first coin series was introduced.

These coins are mostly much smaller than the original coins and/or differ in shape or metal content.

See: Coinage of Botswana.
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Canada introduced its current series in 1937.

The 1 cent coin was demonetised in recent years, and the coat of arms on the 50 cents has been updated.

Otherwise, the three designs seen above still grace the coinage.

The schooner design on the 10 cents has been modified, but it remains the same essential design.

See: Canadian coinage since 1937.
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The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, released its first coinage in 1972.

The original designs are still used on the lower denominations.


See: The coinage of the Cayman Islands.
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Cook Island coins of 2015.


Above you see the current coins of the Cook Islands.

Apart from the $2 and $5 designs, the other designs date back to 1972.

See: Coinage of the Cook Islands.
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Coins of Djibouti.


The design showing the head of the antelope dates from 1948.

The ship design dates from 1952.

The camel designs date from 1970.

The other designs are much more recent.


See: Coinage of French Somaliland / French Afars and Issas / Djibouti.
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The designs of the coins of the East[ern] Caribbean States are taken from those of the British Caribbean Territories - Eastern Group, which were introduced in 1955.

See:

1] Coins of the British Caribbean Territories - Eastern Group.

2] Coins of the East Caribbean Territories.

3] Coinage of the East Caribbean States.
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Ethiopia's current coin series was issued in 1977 (see above).

The 5, 10, 25 and 50 santims still carry their original designs.
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The 1, 2, 5 and 10 pence coins of the Falkland Islands were issued in 1974. The other coins came in succeeding decades.

The design series is currently undergoing changes, but essentially the designs of the lower denominations still date from 1974.

See: Milestones in the decimal coinage of the Falkland Islands.
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Most of Fiji's designs on the reverse of its coinage date from 1969.

The 50 cents deisgn dates from 1975.

The $1 and $2 designs came much later.
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