Part 12: NCLT Commemoratives 1972-2000

Modern commemorative coins present a problem of sorts to some numismatists. These coins, also known as NCLT (non-circulating legal tender), are designed to be sold directly to collectors and are not intended to circulate like true coinage. They really are more closely related to medals than coinage. In 1972 Jersey started issuing NCLT on a limited basis. At first, they did have a connection with Jersey, but now the issues honor anything and everything. Most NCLT from Jersey have at least some kind of eye appeal and about 50% of my visitors collect them.

The description of these coins is for the most part lifted from the British Royal Mint documents obtained with the coins. I might have added a word or two here or there, but I can't take credit for the documentation.

Should I include these pieces on this site? My answer at one time was a yes, but unfortunately now there is a profileration of issue I cannot keep up. Should you collect them? That is your decision.


Fifty Pence
25th Wedding Anniversary

Fifty Pence
25th Wedding Anniversary


 YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1972    35        23.00       
The Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey, borne before the Bailiff at the sittings of the Royal Court and of the Assembly of the States of Jersey, was presented by King Charles II to Jersey on the 29th November 1663 in gratitude for the hospitality, which he received from the Island on two occasions during his exile. The mace consists of eleven pieces, made of silver gilt, is 4 ft. 9 inches long, weighs 237 ounces (14 lbs. 13 ozs.) and bears no hallmarks. Engraved on the foot knop is a Latin inscription, which translated reads: "Not all doth he deem worthy of such a reward Charles II, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, as a proof of his royal affection towards the Isle of Jersey (in which he has been twice received in safety when he was excluded from the remainder of his dominions) has willed that this Royal Mace should be consecrated to posterity and has ordered that hereafter it shall be carried before the Bailiffs, in perpetual remembrance of their fidelity not only to his august father Charles I but to His Majesty during the fury of the civil wars, when the Island was maintained by the illustrious Philip and George de Carteret, Knights, Bailiffs and Governors of the said Island."

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One Pound
25th Wedding Anniversary

One Pound
25th Wedding Anniversary


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1972  36      30.00       
This coin was minted at York Stampings Ltd. Birmingham. The dies were cut by H.B. Sale Ltd., Birmingham while the blanks were prepared by Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd. Notice that the reverse, designed by Norman Sillman and modeled by the artist Terry George, has three florets of the Jersey Lily (Amaryllis belladonna).

An uniface trial striking of the reverse is known to exist.

Two Pounds

Common Obverses



25th Wedding Anniversary


This painting by Philip John Ouless shows the Alexandra as a fully rigged barque with
dark hull and with flags and a pennant. The Casquet lighthouses are in the background.

25th Wedding Anniversary


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1972     37       36.00        
This coin was minted at York Stampings Ltd. Birmingham. The dies were cut by H.B. Sale Ltd., Birmingham, while the blanks were prepared by Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd. Pictured is the 306 ton barque, Alexandra, built and registered in Jersey in 1865. The sailing ship was owned by Messrs. Le Quesne, Pallot and Mallet of Jersey. In 1860 Jersey had 18 shipyards and in 1865 there were 34 vessels on the stocks, but by 1880 the industry had sharply declined because of the steamboat and the replacement of wooden vessels by iron.

Like all of the Silver Wedding 1972 coins, this coin was designed by Norman Sillman and modeled by the artist Terry George.



Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Prince Charles and Lady Diana


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1981     52       38.61        
In commemoration of the marriage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, the States Treasury of Jersey authorized this commemorative. The reverse of the coin depicts the Prince and Princess and the designed was prepared by Michael Rizzello.
A Letter for Ian Monins to Michael Rizzello


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40th Anniversary of Liberation




40th Anniversary of Liberation


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1985     64       38.28        

Some Initial Designs

A Letter by Ian Monins, States Coinage Advisor, with Several Ideas

Some Initial Designs

A Letter by Ian Monins, States Coinage Advisor, with Several Ideas


On the first of July 1940, the Island of Jersey was occupied by German troops and became, along with the other Channel Islands, the only British soil to be occupied during the Second World War. On the 9th of May 1945, a British force liberated the island and the German Commanding Officer was taken aboard the H.M.S. Beagle where he signed terms of surrender. The reverse design of this crown depicts the destroyer H.M.S. Beagle. The edge of the coin bears an incuse inscription recalling Winston Churchill's words "Our dear Channel Islands will also be freed today."

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XIII Commonwealth Games
Edinburgh

XIII Commonwealth Games


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1986     67       38.28        

Some Initial Designs

Some Initial Designs


The XIII Commonwealth games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 24 through August 2, 1986. This was known as "The Boycott Games." Thirty-two nations elected not to attend, boycotting the Games because of "apartheid in sports." The nations who boycotted were Antigua, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts, St Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Twenty six countries sent 1,662 athletes and 461 officials. These countries were Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Australia, Falkland Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Maldives, Malta, New Zealand, Norfolk Islands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Wales, Western Samoa, and Vanuatu.

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World Wildlife Fund
Mauritius Pink Pigeon

Mauritius Pink Pigeon


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1987     70       38.61        
The Pink Pigeon (Nesoerias mayeri) is a native of the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the rarest birds in the world with a population of only 15 in the wild. Without help from the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (JWPT) it would soon have been totally extinct. The JWPT was established in 1963 by the eminent zoologist and author Gerald Durrell. It is devoted to the concept of captive breeding of endangered species as an aid to their survival in the wild. In 1984 Gerald Durrell released the first 11 of 150 captive bred Pink Pigeons into the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens in Mauritius as the first step of a major re-introduction programme to save the species. The Pink Pigeon is named for its beautiful coloring. It has a light pink head, neck and under parts with a darker pink back and wings and a bright chestnut colored tail.

For more information see the Royal Mint documents:



Royal Visit

Royal Visit


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1989     76       38.28        

Some Initial Designs

Some Initial Designs


This Two Pounds Coin was struck to commemorate the visit to the Bailiwick by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh on the 25th of May, 1989. The reverse has the Royal Mace of the Bailiwick of Jersey super imposed on map of the island. The Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey, borne before the Bailiff at the sittings of the Royal Court and of the Assembly of the States of Jersey, was presented by King Charles II to Jersey on the 29th November 1663 in gratitude for the hospitality which he received from the Island on two occasions during his exile. The mace consists of eleven pieces, made of silver gilt, is 4 ft. 9 inches long, weighs 237 ounces (14 lbs. 13 ozs.) and bears no hallmarks. Engraved on the foot knop is a Latin inscription, which translated reads-
"Not all doth he deem worthy of such a reward Charles II, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, as a proof of his royal affection towards the Isle of Jersey (in which be has been twice received in safety when he was excluded from the remainder of his dominions) has willed that this Royal Mace should be consecrated to posterity and has ordered that hereafter it shall be carried before the Bailiffs, in perpetual remembrance of their fidelity not only to his august father Charles I but to His Majesty during the fury of the civil wars, when the Island was maintained by the il1ustrious Philip and George de Carteret, Knights, Bailiffs and Governors of the said Island."

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50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1990     77       38.61        

The Initial Design vs the Final Design

Note that the squadron code on the initial design is EL and
on the coin itself is for No. 54 Squadron RAF (KL Sep 1939 Jun 1942).

The Initial Design

Compare the Squadron Identification

Fifty years ago, the skies over southern England became the fighting arena for those British airmen whom Churchill dubbed "The Few." At a crucial stage of the war, they answered the challenge to contest the mastery of the air. Their victory was shadowed by tragic losses. One in three never returned.

The reverse, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, depicts a Spitfire over the outline of the British Isles.

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90th Birthday of Queen Mother

90th Birthday of Queen Mother


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1990     83       38.6         
The reverse of this coin features an exquisite engraving of two of Jersey's most beautiful flowers, the Jersey Pink, Dianthus gallicus, and Jersey Fern, Anogramma leptophylla, linked by Her Majesty's personal cypher, E for Elizabeth. The obverse carries Raphael Maklouf's renowned engraving of the Queen.

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40th Anniversary of the Coronation

40th Anniversary of the Coronation


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1993     89       38.6         
The reverse of this exquisite coin, modeled in the Royal Mint Engraving Department, depicts familiar items of Royal regalia. St. Edward's crown - used in the coronation of almost all British Sovereigns since the coronation of Charles II in 1661 - is superimposed on a ceremonial Mace which is chased and ornamented with emblems of the United Kingdom. Above this is the Coat of Arms of Jersey.

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50th Anniversary of Liberation

50th Anniversary of Liberation


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1995     92       38.6         
The Channel Island of Jersey marked the 50th anniversary of its liberation with five coins. The reverse of this particular coin was designed by the Royal Mint engraver Robert Elderton to celebrate the end of German occupation. The other four coins were issued in gold.

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Queen's 70th Birthday

Queen's 70th Birthday


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1996     97       38.6         
To honor the Queen's seventieth birthday, the States of Jersey issued a commemorative two-pound coin. The reverse design by Norman Sillman shows a delightful birthday bouquet of Jersey lilies, an autumn flowering plant that, with its pink, funnel shaped blooms, is indigenous to the island of Jersey.

Compare this coin to the 25th Wedding Anniversary One pound coin. Things to note about this series:

Two Pounds Fifty Pence



25th Wedding Anniversary

25th Wedding Anniversary


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1972     38       40.10        
This coin was minted at York Stampings Ltd. Birmingham. The dies were cut by H.B. Sale Ltd., Birmingham while the blanks were prepared by Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd. Pictured is a Lobster, (Homarus Vulcaris). The lobster is found along the rocky coast and in the seas around Jersey. It is a principal quarry of the local fisherman, who has a large export trade. A Jersey law of 1938 (Loi sur la Pêche et la Vente de Poisson) prescribes the minimum size of lobster which can be taken.


Five Pounds

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1990     78       65.00
This huge coin weighs 4.6215 oz. of .999 fine silver.
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50th Wedding Anniversary

50th Wedding Anniversary


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        1997    100       38.6         
In celebration of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, the British Royal Mint offered an international collection of sterling silver coins struck in proof quality. The coins featured attractive reverse designs by some of the most eminent numismatic artist of today, including Leslie Durbin, Philip Nathan, John Savage, and Barry Stanton (the designer of the coin for Jersey). Among the events captured are the royal engagement, the wedding ceremony, the Coronation and many overseas visits, together with the couple's mutual love of equestrian sports.

Countries represented in the collection ranged from Alderney to Zambia. With the exception of the United Kingdom coin, all coins carried an exquisite 22-karat gold-plated cameo. This was the first time that the Royal Mint has struck coins featuring this new minting process.

The queen's 50th anniversary: love and commitment to the British people.

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The New Millennium

The New Millennium


  YEAR  KM  diameter  
        2000    109       38.6         
Prominently positioned on a world globe, a golden silhouette of the island of Jersey acknowledge the imminent arrival of the new millennium with a celebratory banner highlighting the historic passage of time from 1999 to 2000. The reverse design is by Leslie Lindsay, the designer of the 1984 Isle of Man Angel gold coins.

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The Current State of Commemoratives

At one time, a commemorative had to relate and be important to be on a nation's coinage. For example, the Royal Mint proposed the following to the States:

The 1992 Battle of El Alamein Proposed Issue

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The 1992 Battle of El Alamein Proposed Issue

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The 1992 Battle of El Alamein Proposed Issue (Continued)

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Ten years later, a flood of commemortives started, including this beauty:

Jersey 2009 Great Battles Commemoratie

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And currently, we now commemorative everything from donuts to lawnmowers.

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