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William Gardner, Coin Designer
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:25:41 PM »


William Gardner designing the reverse of the New Zealand 1967 dollar coin.



William Gardner was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1914. He studied at the Royal College of Art, London. To read his biography on Wikipedia, click here.

 
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 08:18:42 PM »



At various stages in his career, Gardner produced coin designs for the Royal Mint. After Elizabeth II became Queen, he designed the reverse of the threepence. His initials can be found on most of his designs.
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Mr. Gardner also designed the reverse of the English design version of the shilling, for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Mr. Gardner also designed the reverse of the English design version of the shilling, for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
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3   mils.  Stylised flying-fish.
5   mils.  Bronze age man carrying copper bar.
25  mils.  Head of bull.
50  mils.  Fern leaves.
100 mils.  Merchant ship, circa 6th century B.C.



Mr. Gardner was commissioned by the Royal Mint to produce new designs for Cyprus, which at that time was still ruled by Britain.

These charming designs, issued in 1955, can be seen above. 

To see some of Gardner’s powerful prototype designs that were not ultimately adopted, click here. They are well worth a look.
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5     mils.  Merchant ship, circa 6th century B.C.
25   mils.  Cedar of Lebanon.
50   mils.  Bunch of grapes.
100 mils.  Cyprus mouflon.



Cyprus became independent in 1960, and the Royal Mint assigned Mr. Gardner to produce a new set of coins for them.

Some of these designs can be seen above.
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In 1967, New Zealand issued its first decimal coins. Mr. Gardner created the coat of arms design that graces the reverse of the non-circulating dollar coin that was produced for the occasion. For that service, the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand made him an honorary life member.
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½p.   Brown trout.
1p.   Gentoo penguins.
2p.   Upland goose.
5p.   Black-browed albatross.
10p.  Sea lions, cow and bull.



In 1974 the Falkland Islands produced their first circulation coin set, though they did not add a fifty pence piece until 1980. All the reverse designs were created by William Gardner. The Falkland Islands pound is a separate currency from the UK pound sterling, but its value is kept at par with the British pound.

 
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One of Gardner’s final works was the reverse design for the UK 20 pence coin, first issued in 1982.
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Falkland Islands, 5 pounds, 1974.  Romney Marsh sheep.


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The Falkland Islands issued its first legal tender circulating coins in 1974.

To mark the occasion, it struck a special set of gold coins (half sovereign, sovereign, 2 pounds and 5 pounds).

All the coins featured William Gardner's design of a sheep on the reverse.
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2020, 03:58:55 PM »
William Gardner also produced coin designs for Guyana and Jordan. He died in England in December 2000.
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