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Thematic sets from the 1920s to date

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#30
1964.

The USA introduced a new half dollar in 1964, which honoured President Kennedy. He had been assassinated the previous year, and his portrait replaced that of Benjamin Franklin. The other national heroes in the set at that time were Lincoln on the cent, Jefferson on the nickel, Franklin D Roosevelt on the dime, and Washington on the quarter.

Coin sizes in this image are not to scale.



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#31
1964.

Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, became independent and issued its first national coinage.

Surprisingly, the set did not include a three pence coin.

A penny was added to the set in 1966.

See also: Zambia.






6d.  Morning glory flower.
1s.  Trumpeter hornbill.
2s.  Bohor reedbuck.

Common obverse: Coat of arms.

Designer: Norman Sillman.
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#32
1965.

South Africa issued a new design series of smaller sized coins. When South Africa decimalised its currency in 1961, the new coins were kept at the same size as their predecimal counterparts, but the government eventually decided they were too large. The 2½ cents coin was dropped and a 2 cents coin was introduced. A half cent coin was not added until 1970.

See: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa.

Coin sizes are not to scale in the images.






1c.          Sparrows.           
2c.          Wildebeest.       
5c.          Blue crane.       
10c.        Aloe.                  
20c.        Protea.           
50c.        Strelitzia, arum lily, blue agapanthus.         
1 Rand.   Springbok.

Common obverse: Jan van Riebeeck.
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#33
1966.

Australia dropped the pound and went decimal. The new coinage depicted the country's unusual and exotic wildlife.

See: The decimal coinage of Australia.

The coin sizes in the image are not to scale.






1c.    Feather-tailed glider.
2c.    Frilled lizard.
5c.    Spiny ant-eater.
10c.  Male lyre-bird.
20c.  Duck-billed platypus.
50c.  Coat of arms.

Designer: Stuart Devlin.

Common obverse: Elizabeth II.
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#34
1966.

The Bahamas issued its first national coinage. Both the effigy of the Queen (which appeared on the obverse) and the reverse designs were the work of English artist and sculptor Arnold Machin.

See also: Coinage of the Bahamas.






1c.    Great netted starfish.
5c.    Pineapple.
10c.  King mackerels.
15c.  Chinese hibiscus.
25c.  Sloop.
50c.  Blue marlin.
$1.    Queen conch.
$2.    Greater flamingoes.
$5.    Coat of arms.
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#35
1966.

The Gambia became independent from the British in 1965 and issued its first national coinage in 1966. It included a 4 shillings coin, an unusual denomination. The country was already a republic when this set was issued, so Elizabeth II is portrayed here in her capacity as Head of the Commonwealth. When Gambia later switched to a decimal currency, it transferred most of the designs to the new coinage.

An eight shillings collector coin portraying a hippo was issued in 1970.

See also: Coinage of the Gambia.






1d.  Yacht.
3d.  Double-spurred francolin.
6d.  Peanuts.
1s.  Oil palm.
2s.  Cow.
4s.  Long-nosed crocodile.

Designer: Michael Rizzello.
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#36
1966.

Qatar and Dubai issued a joint coinage. A goitred gazelle, designed by Christopher Ironside, appeared on the reverse of the coins.

The set consisted of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 dirhams.

See also: Coinage of Qatar.



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#37
1966.

Tanganyika became independent from the British in 1961, and Zanzibar followed suit in 1963. The two countries merged in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Like many sub-Saharan African countries, Tanzania chose to depict its national animals on the coinage, which was issued in 1966. The 10 senti denomination depicting a zebra, was not added until 1977.

See also: Coinage of Tanzania.






5   senti.     Sailfish.
10  senti.    Zebra.
20  senti.    Ostrich.
50  senti.    Smith's red hare.
1   shilingi.  Hand holding torch.

Common obverse: President Julius Nyerere.   

All designs by Christopher Ironside.
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#38
1966.

Uganda gained independence from Britain in 1962. It issued its first coinage in 1966. A design depicting a crested crane, Uganda's national bird, with the Muhavura Volcano in the background, appeared on the reverse of three of the coins.

See also:

1] British Empire: East Africa and Uganda Protectorates.

2] Uganda since independence.







5c.  Elephant tusks.
10c. Elephant tusks.
20c. Elephant tusks.
50c. Crested crane, Muhavura Volcano.
1s.  Crested crane, Muhavura Volcano.
2s.  Crested crane, Muhavura Volcano.   

Common obverse: Coat of arms.

Designer and modeller: Cecil Thomas.
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#39
1967.

Canada celebrated its Confederation Centennial in 1967.  It issued a special circulation set of animal designs for that year only.

See also: Canadian coinage since 1937.






1c.    Dove.
5c.    Snowshoe hare.
10c.  Mackerel.
25c.  Lynx.
50c.  Grey wolf.
$1.    Canada goose.

Designer: Alexander Colville.
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#40
1967.

French Polynesia added some new denominations to its set, mirroring the thematic structure of the New Caledonian coinage.

See: Coinage of French Polynesia.






1    franc.    Harbour scenery.                   
2    francs.  Harbour scenery.                     
5    francs.  Harbour scenery.                     
10  francs.  Upper part of a ceremonial pole.     
20  francs.  Breadfruit, frangipani flowers,
                   vanilla shoots.                     
50  francs.  View of Mooréa Island near Tahiti.   
                   Outrigger canoes, huts and coconut palms.
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#41
1967.

New Caledonia released some new denominations in 1967, and a stylish new set came together, celebrating its cultural heritage.

See: Coinage of New Caledonia.






1    franc.    Kagu.
2    francs.  Kagu.
5    francs.  Kagu.
10  francs.  Melanesian pirogue.
20  francs.  Three cows.
50  francs.  Native huts.

Designer: Raymond Joly.
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#42
1967.

New Zealand followed Australia's example and went decimal. Only the designs on the 10 and 50 cents now remain on the coinage. The others have gone, since the coins below 10 cents have been demonetised in recent years, and the original design on the 20 cents has been replaced.

See: The decimal coinage of New Zealand.






1c.    Fern leaf.
2c.    Kowhai flowers.
5c.    Tuatara.
10c.  Maori totem: Koruru.
20c.  Kiwi.
50c.  HMS Endeavour.

Designer: James Berry.
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#43
1967.

The Philippines replaced the old monetary system (1 peso = 100 centavos) with a new one (1 piso = 100 sentimos) in 1967.

It simultaneously introduced a new design series, portraying national heroes.

See: The Philippines: First National Heroes Coinage, 1967 to 1974.






1   sentimo.    Lapu-Lapu.
5   sentimos.  Melchora Aquino.
10 sentimos.  Francisco Baltazar.
25 sentimos.  Juan Luna.
50 sentimos.  Marcelo H. del Pilar.
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#44
1967.

Singapore issued its first national coinage, known as the marine series.

Unusually, the obverse sides of the coins carry no legends or numerals.

See also:

1] Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals.

2] Coinage of Singapore.






1c.    Fountain in front of high-rise flat block.   
5c.    Great white egret.                       
10c.  Great crowned seahorse.                   
20c.  Swordfish.                               
50c.  Firefish.                                 
$1.   Squinte - the mythical merlion.              

Designer: Stuart Devlin.
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