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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of St. Helena-Ascension
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2020, 04:52:52 PM »



The reverse of the 1 penny coin.

It featured an albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga).






A yellowfin tuna was the intended design for the penny, but the actual depiction is that of an albacore when comparing the fins.

NOTE: Royal Mint data claims that the fish is a yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). Originally a yellow fin tuna was indeed intended for the design, but the issued design shows an albacore tuna.

See: Royal Mint Advisory Committee Meetings of 1982.

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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2020, 04:54:52 PM »



The 2 pence reverse featured a donkey (Equus africanus asinus).

The donkey was formerly essential for the transport of people and goods.
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2020, 04:58:19 PM »



The 5 pence featured a Saint Helena plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae.)
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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2020, 05:01:41 PM »



A Saint Helena plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae.)



NOTE: "Plover" rhymes with "cover" and "lover" - NOT "clover" or "over".
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« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2020, 05:04:19 PM »



The 10 pence reverse featured the arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica.).

This was the national flower until 2011.
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« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2020, 05:05:49 PM »



The 50 pence reverse featured the green turtle (Chelonia mydas).
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« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2020, 05:06:48 PM »



The obverse of the 50 pence coin.
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« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2020, 05:08:08 PM »



The 1 pound coin featured a sooty tern, or "Wideawake" (Onychoprion fuscatus).

Incuse edge inscription: "COLONY OF ST HELENA".



NOTE: Since 2006 the edge inscription reads: "ST. HELENA ISLAND" - notice the period after "ST", which did not appear on earlier edge inscriptions.

 
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« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2020, 05:11:16 PM »


Sooty tern in flight.



The sooty tern breeds on islands throughout the equatorial zone.

Colloquially, it is known as the wideawake tern or simply the wideawake.

This refers to its loud calls that wake the islanders in the early morning.
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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2020, 05:13:08 PM »






The UK adopted the new effigy of Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf in 1985.

St Helena-Ascension did not do so until 1991, because it issued no circulation coins from 1985 to 1990.
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« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2020, 05:21:31 PM »


Obverse of the smaller 5 pence coin.



The UK reduced the size and weight of its 5 and 10 pence coins in 1990 and 1992 respectively, but St Helena-Ascension did not do so until 1998.

This was because it issued no coins in the period from 1992 to 1997.

The territory also took the opportunity to issue its own 20 pence coin in 1998, sixteen years after the UK had introduced its own version.
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« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2020, 05:32:14 PM »



The 5 pence reverse design now featured Jonathan the giant tortoise.

He is a living mascot of the island and it is thought he was born circa 1832 !
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« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2020, 05:34:40 PM »

The 10 pence reverse featured two dolphins.



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« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2020, 05:39:28 PM »



The 20 pence coin featured another national flower: the Saint Helena ebony.

Royal Mint artist and sculptor Robert Elderton produced the reverse designs of the new 5, 10 and 20 pence coins.
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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2020, 05:57:43 PM »


The Saint Helena ebony flower(Trochetiopsis ebenus).
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