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Nigeria: decimal and pre-decimal variations

Started by Galapagos, October 24, 2009, 07:42:31 PM

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I totally agree with your opinion that asymmetric always looks better and more natural as a design. Curiously, the photo of the asymmetric says "revised design" but is dated 1958, whilst the presumably earlier design is dated 1959. Of course, the dates used do not necessarily bear any relation to when the plasters were sculpted.
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#16
Nigeriakobopatternhole.jpg


The Royal Mint engraver Geoffrey Colley created the reverse designs for Nigeria's decimal series of 1973.

It seems that originally the ½ kobo was going to have a central hole, like so many earlier African coins.
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#17
Nigeria kobo plaster.jpg

The plaster for the issued coin.





Here is the eventual coin.
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#18
Nigeria1kobopatternhole.jpg

Originally, the 1 kobo was also going to have a central hole.
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#19
Nigeria1koboplaster.jpg

Clearly, there were second thoughts.





The issued coin.
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#20
Nigeria5kobosketchB.jpg



Nigeria5kobosketch.jpg

5 kobo or kobos? And notice the difference in the numerals.
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#21


The issued coin.
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#22
Nigeria10kobosketch.jpg



Nigeria10kobo-sketch.jpg

The same question for the next denomination: kobo or kobos?
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#23


The issued coin.
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#24
Nigeria25kobossketchB.jpg



Nigeria25kobossketchA.jpg



Nigeriapattern25kobossketch.jpg

The 25 kobo design saw a few variations before the finished version.
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#25
Nigeria25kobo-sketch.jpg

We're almost there!
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#26
Nigeria25koboplaster.jpg

The plaster for the issued coin.





The issued coin.
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#27
Nigeria 2½ kobo pattern sketch.jpg


Were you expecting a 50 kobo? Well, there wasn't one.

There wasn't a 2½ kobo either, but they were obviously thinking about it.
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#28
Nigeria alternative obverse.jpeg

The unadopted designs of the 1960s referred to the "Federation of Nigeria".



Nigeria obverse 1991.jpg

The actual coins refer to the "Federal Republic of Nigeria".



Also, the initial sketches of the unadopted designs were denominated in cents.

That presumes a dollar, but the actual currency has 100 kobo to the naira.
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