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Title: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:09:49 AM
Gibraltar issued its first circulating decimal coinage back in 1988. The territory commissioned the Pobjoy Mint to produce its coins. The designs were produced by local artist, Alfred Ryman. Below you see his signature, which appeared on his design sketches.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:11:26 AM
One penny.  A Barbary partridge (Alectoris barbara).
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:12:13 AM
Two pence.  The Europa Point Lighthouse.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:13:59 AM
Five pence.  A macaque monkey (Macaca sylvanus) - known locally as "the Barbary ape". It is surrounded by a motif of candytuft, Gibraltar's "national" flower.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:14:49 AM
Ten pence.  The Moorish Castle, with the Mediaeval Tower of Homage.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:15:40 AM
Twenty pence.  Statue of "Our Lady of Europe" at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, Gibraltar.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:17:25 AM
Fifty pence.  A candytuft, Gibraltar's floral emblem.  The actual coin was NOT minted "upside-down".
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:18:17 AM
One pound.  Gibraltar's coat of arms.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:20:16 AM
Two pounds.  The cannon of the Ince battery.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:21:42 AM
Five pounds.  Hercules and his pillars.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:23:03 AM
In 1989 Gibraltar issued a circulating commemorative pound coin, honouring the 150th anniversary of the first Gibraltar coin.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:25:48 AM
Here is a sketch for a one royal coin. The design is familiar - but was it ever issued as a "royal" ?
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:31:31 AM
This sketch was meant to show the equivalent of a gold sovereign: a Tarik. It depicts Moorish leader Tarik Ibn-Zeyad. The name Gibraltar is a corruption of Gibel-Tarik, meaning "Tarik's Mount".  Tarik is the one who had the Moorish Castle built in Gibraltar.

The British pointed out that this design resembled George and the Dragon somewhat, so they advised Gibraltar against using it. Would anybody really mistake Tarik for Saint George?
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:34:59 AM
Nelson and HMS Victory appear in this sketch of a proposed platinum Tarik coin, which was never issued.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: <k> on May 04, 2017, 01:36:56 AM
Here are some official descriptions issued by Gibraltar at the time.
Title: Re: Gibraltar 1988: adopted and unadopted designs by Alfred Ryman
Post by: Figleaf on May 04, 2017, 12:38:44 PM
The British pointed out that this design resembled George and the Dragon somewhat, so they advised Gibraltar against using it. Would anybody really mistake Tarik for Saint George?

Even worse, would anyone confuse "the rock" with a dragon? Then again, why is it a problem if a Gibraltar tarik may be confused with a UK sovereign when both have the same denomination? Or was it all agitprop from the "Deuxième Bureau" who feared Tarik would be mistaken for Napoléon?

Peter