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Design and designing => Coin design => Coin designers => Topic started by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:13:58 PM

Title: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:13:58 PM
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Geoffrey Colley was born in Gillingham, Kent, England. He studied art in Kent and London.

He designed the first coinage of Malaysia, which was issued in 1967. The common reverse showed Parliament House. The obverse designs featured the same floral motif, along with the country name, year and denomination.

See also: Rejected Malaysian Wildlife Set of 1966 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,3118.0.html).



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Obverse of the Malaysian 1 sen coin, dated 1967.



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Reverse of the Malaysian 1 sen coin.  Mr Colley's initials can be seen at bottom right, but unusually for a modern coin, there is no other text.

 
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:16:33 PM
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Iceland, 50 kronur, 1968.

Mr Colley modelled the 1968 commemorative coin depicting the Parliament Building in Reykjavik.

Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:32:16 PM
Mr Colley designed Nigeria's first decimal coinage of 1973.

½ kobo.  Cotton plants.
1 kobo.   Oil derricks.
5 kobo.   Cocoa beans.
10 kobo. Palm trees.
25 kobo. Peanuts.

Reverse: Coat of arms.



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Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:38:24 PM
The scarce one year Mozambique set of 1975 was also the work of Mr Colley. He also designed the obverse portrait of President Samora Machel.

1  centimo.   Angolan protea.     Protea angolensis.
2  centimos.  Rain daisy.             Dimorphotheca pluvialis.
5  centimos.  Purple dissotis.      Dissotis princeps.
10 centimos.  Sugar cane.
20 centimos.  Tea plant.
50 centimos.  Cashew nuts.
1  metica.     Sisal agave.
2½ meticas.   Cotton plant.

See also: Mystery Mozambican Coins of 1975 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,6682.0.html).



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Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:42:20 PM
The first independent coinage of the United Arab Emirates, released in 1973, was designed by Mr Colley.

1  fils.        Palm tree.
5  fils.        Mata Hari fish.
10 fils.       Arab dhow.
25 fils.       Goitred gazelle.
50 fils.       Oil derricks.
1  dirham.  Arab coffee can.

See also: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=26522.0).



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Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 17, 2011, 09:45:28 PM
Mr Colley was one of several artists to enter the competition to design Britain's decimal coins. To see sketches of the wildlife designs he submitted, click on the link below:

Unadopted UK Decimal Designs Circa 1966/7 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=4675.0).
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: Figleaf on April 17, 2011, 11:57:16 PM
Congratulations with yet another piece of ecellent research. Is it a coincidence that none of the pieces you show are signed? How did you find out they are Colley's?

Peter
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: africancoins on April 18, 2011, 12:02:53 AM
The Malaysia building etc.. design is signed - can't see any others.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 18, 2011, 12:22:09 AM
Congratulations with yet another piece of excellent research. Is it a coincidence that none of the pieces you show are signed? How did you find out they are Colley's?

Peter

I have a couple of pdfs that deal with modern coin designers. They don't mention his Mozambique designs, though, and for a very good reason: I asked the Royal Mint about that set a few years ago, and was the first to make public the information they gave me. Until then, nobody even knew which species some of the designs were meant to represent. All in all, I regard that as the greatest service I have ever done for modern numismatics, especially since that set remains a scarce and rather mysterious one.

As for the lack of initials on the coins, maybe it was a requirement of the client governments, but I don't honestly know.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 18, 2011, 12:35:07 AM
Incidentally, you'll notice that he has produced two designs of oil derricks, on a 50 fils coin of the United Arab Emirates and on a Nigerian 1 kobo.

See also: Oil rigs and refineries (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=23500.0).



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Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on July 10, 2012, 08:20:42 PM
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I have just learnt from the Royal Mint that Geoffrey Colley designed the reverses of the Mozambique circulation series that was first issued in 1994.

 
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on July 08, 2013, 02:00:52 PM
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According to the Royal Mint:

A new portrait of King Hussein of Jordan by Geoffrey Colley was introduced for circulating coins in 1978. It had been used the preceding year on three Jordan coins issued as part of the Conservation Coin Collection – an international project in collaboration with the WWF which helped finance conservation programmes.

Link: Royal Mint Museum, Jordan (http://www.royalmintmuseum.org.uk/coins/overseas-coins/country-profiles/jordan/index.html)

 
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: eurocoin on April 06, 2014, 06:08:11 PM
This 10 florin coin was issued in 2002 by Aruba to commemorate the marriage of Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta.  Mr. Colley designed the reverse of the coin.


(http://www.knm.nl/CmsData/Artikelen/Fotos/2/0/3/820302.2002.01/820302.2002.01_mi_pd_2.jpg)



Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 07, 2014, 11:00:04 AM
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Mr Colley designed the reverse of Bermuda's crown of 1964, and you can see his initials at bottom right. The design was based on the territory's coat of arms. Mr Colley prepared two rather different lions in his sketches, which you can see in this topic:

Bermuda crowns of 1959 and 1964: preliminary artwork (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=13282.0).

 
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on April 07, 2014, 11:48:40 AM
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Bahrain, 250 fils, 1969.  FAO issue. 

The dhow and palm tree form an attractive and typically Arab scene.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: eurocoin on July 13, 2014, 09:51:15 PM
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Cook Islands, $20, 1994. Duchess of York and her 2 daughters. Issued in various denominations and alloys.

 
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: eurocoin on July 13, 2014, 10:35:27 PM
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Samoa, 10 tala, 1994.  The Queen Mother: Glamis castle where the Queen Mother spent her youth.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: eurocoin on July 27, 2014, 11:49:53 AM
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Netherlands Antilles, 10 Gulden, 2002. Royal marriage of Willem-Alexander and Máxima.

Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on July 29, 2014, 12:09:14 PM
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Iraq, 250 fils, 1970.  Palm tree.

This design appeared on the reverse of the Iraqi circulation coins from 1967 to 1982.

 
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on July 29, 2014, 12:11:23 PM
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Royal Mint documents state that Mr Colley modelled the palm tree that appears on the Bahraini circulation coins of 1965.

I do not know whether he also designed it.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on January 16, 2018, 05:29:35 PM
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Tanzania, 5 shilingi, 1976.  Bank of Tanzania: 10th anniversary.



Mr Colley produced this design of the bank building, from photographs supplied by the Bank of Tanzania.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on January 16, 2018, 07:11:17 PM
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Fiji, $250, 1978.  Banded iguana.



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Fiji, $10, 1978.  Pink-billed parrot finch.



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Fiji, $20, 1978.  Golden cowrie.



Geoffrey Colley designed these collector coins that were issued on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund.

The Bank of Fiji supplied Mr Colley with photos of the finch.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on September 21, 2018, 03:46:07 PM
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Trinidad, $1, 1995.  Palm tree.  50th anniversary of the Food and Agricultural Organisation

This design was the work of Geoffrey Colley. It was modelled by Hubert Elsasser.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on February 18, 2019, 03:43:20 PM
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Bahamas, $10, 1995.  25th anniversary of the Caribbean Development Bank.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 24, 2019, 12:41:38 PM
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Falkland Islands, 50 pence, 1995.  The Queen Mother.

The birth of Princess Elizabeth.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 24, 2019, 05:39:31 PM
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Fiji, $5, 1994.  The Queen Mother's home, Clarence House, 1994.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 24, 2019, 06:35:38 PM
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Tokelau, $5, 1995.   The Queen Mother.

The birth of Prince Charles.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 24, 2019, 06:38:46 PM
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Cook Islands, $5, 1995.  The Queen Mother.

Wedding at St Paul's Cathedral, London.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 24, 2019, 11:29:55 PM
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Fiji, $10, 1995.  The Queen Mother.  The move to Buckingham Palace.

A member of the Household Cavalry at the Palace.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 25, 2019, 12:08:36 AM
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Guernsey, 5 pounds, 1997.  Golden Wedding Anniversary of the Royal Couple.

Westminster Abbey is seen in the background.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on December 26, 2019, 11:53:42 AM
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Gambia 20 dalasis 1989.  Save the Children fund.  Girls doing the "akara" dance.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on June 01, 2021, 07:44:57 PM
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Gambia, 1000 dalasis, 1989.  Save the Children fund.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on June 01, 2021, 07:45:24 PM
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Samoa, 10 tala, 1990.  Save the Children fund.
Title: Re: Geoffrey Colley, Coin Designer
Post by: <k> on June 01, 2021, 07:48:10 PM
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Samoa, 100 tala, 1990.  Save the Children fund.