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Tanzania: wildlife collector coin series of 1998
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:21:03 PM »


Lion.  500 shilingi.





Gazelle.  500 shilingi.
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Re: Tanzania: wildlife collector coin series of 1998
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2019, 08:21:38 PM »


Cheetah.  2500 shilingi.



Crocodile.  2500 shilingi.





Impala.  2500 shilingi.





Zebra.  2500 shilingi.





Giraffe.  2500 shilingi.





Leopard.  2500 shilingi.





Wildebeest.  2500 shilingi.





Hyena.  2500 shilingi.
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Re: Tanzania: wildlife collector coin series of 1998
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2019, 08:25:05 PM »


Lion, cheetah, zebra.  10 000 shilingi.
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Re: Tanzania: wildlife collector coin series of 1998
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2019, 08:29:11 PM »
These coins were produced at the Royal Mint (UK). The designs were modelled by Gordon Summers and Robert Elderton.

Gordon Summers is now Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint. This is his recollection of his role in the modelling of these coin designs.



The whole series came in as a general design from Tanzania but had to be reworked in small ways in order to make the concept coinable.  Although I undertook this process for all of the coins, I could not claim to be the designer.

The obverse was an existing design which we needed to resize, digitally, for the larger coins.

I recall producing the models for the Giraffe, Impala, Gazelle, Zebra, Crocodile and the 10,000 Shilingi and would assume that Bob (Robert Elderton) worked on the others.

Interestingly, these were early days for our digital technology and we had a tendency to do considerable hand-work on the master tools. In this case I had the job of hand-punching the animal names on to all of the Matrices (Incuse versions of the master tools) as they had not been included in the original models. Additionally I had to hand engrave the couping on the neck of the gazelle, as it was interfering with the denomination. As the youngster in the department I got all of the fun jobs!
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Re: Tanzania: wildlife collector coin series of 1998
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2019, 07:52:43 PM »


Tanzania, obverse of gold wildlife set of 1998.





Tanzania, gold wildlife coins of 1998.



Above you see the remaining gold coins in this set.

I do not know who modelled these designs. However, Robert Elderton modelled the other big cats, so perhaps he did these also.
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Re: Tanzania: wildlife collector coin series of 1998
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2019, 03:52:24 PM »
Just to keep track of designs:

Animal group:
250Sh silver 19.3g/27mm
500Sh silver one oz
10000Sh gold one oz
25000Sh silver kilo
50000Sh gold 5 oz

10 animal designs:
500Sh silver one oz
2500Sh silver 5 oz

3 different lion designs:
1000Sh gold 1/10oz
2500Sh gold 1/4oz
5000Sh gold 1/2oz