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Jersey: pound coin 1981
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:23:03 PM »
In 1981 Jersey issued a one pound coin to commemorate the Battle of Jersey. The sketches shown were provided by the Royal Mint, in consultation with the Jersey authorities. The artist's name was not included in the documents.

Apparently Jersey intended the coin to become a regular circulating issue, but the islanders had other ideas: they preferred their pound notes, which still circulate.

One of the options was to produce a round copper-nickel coin, roughly of the size and weight of the old UK half crown. See the sketches of the obverse, below.
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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 04:24:32 PM »
There were two different suggestions for the reverse design. One shows a martello.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 04:27:41 PM »
Eventually Jersey opted for a (more or less) square coin. However, such coins do not work in vending machines, so not a good choice for a supposed circulation coin.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 04:28:15 PM »
A rough draft of the reverse.
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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 04:28:52 PM »
Another variation.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 04:32:10 PM »
The final choice.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2017, 04:32:41 PM »
The issued coin.
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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 08:45:04 PM »
It's like the design for a round coin as ported to a squarish flan. It doesn't work well.

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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 09:23:43 PM »
Eventually Jersey opted for a (more or less) square coin. However, such coins do not work in vending machines, so not a good choice for a supposed circulation coin.

True, though in the early 80s I don't suppose there was much you would buy in a vending machine that would cost as much as £1.

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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2017, 09:24:10 PM »
Were they really talking about it as a proper circulation coin?  Seems unlikely somehow.  It had a commemorative design and that odd shape.  I read once that both Guernsey and Jersey 1981 £1 coins were try-outs for the UK £1, and in the end the Mint went for an amended version of Guernsey's.  Guernsey's 1966 10 Shillings coin was also a commemorative and also square, and I similarly read that it was likewise a try-out for the 50p.  If it failed in 1966 why did they think it would work in 1981?

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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 09:40:49 PM »
with exception to the one with the flag and people, all the other designs are unflinchingly banal. What a waste

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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 11:41:01 PM »
Agree with Figleaf - the final product almost looks like a klippe, except it is not emergency money. As if the artist had made a design for a round coin, and then the issuer had decided later to make the piece (more or less) square ...

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Re: Jersey: pound coin 1981
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2017, 07:06:44 AM »
Were they really talking about it as a proper circulation coin?  Seems unlikely somehow.  It had a commemorative design and that odd shape. 

The documents say it was intended to circulate. You'll notice that some of the design proposals are NOT commemorative.

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I read once that both Guernsey and Jersey 1981 £1 coins were try-outs for the UK £1, and in the end the Mint went for an amended version of Guernsey's.

Can you remember where you read that, or do you still have the source? It would be interesting to read.

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Guernsey's 1966 10 Shillings coin was also a commemorative and also square, and I similarly read that it was likewise a try-out for the 50p.  If it failed in 1966 why did they think it would work in 1981?

Yes, I remember thinking it was a copy of the shape of the Guernsey square 10 shillings.
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