Initiated in 1999 there was an idea to produce an official series of six legal tender Millennial coins for a
Commonwealth country, like the Solomon Islands or Zambia, which would feature the six monarchs of the twentieth
century; Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. British sculptor Donald R. Golder
completed the task of sculpting twenty Royal portraits, which were inspired by contemporary coinage models.
The envisaged six-coin series never came to fruition, but two of Golder's royal portraits were eventually
featured on the 2001 Zambia coinage set which commemorates the death of Victoria and the accession of
Edward VII in 1901.
A parallel series of modern high quality unofficial "retrospective patterns" for Great Britain, Australia,
Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, South Africa, and Southern Rhodesia
have been produced using all of Golder's modern obverse portraits, coupled with modern reverses which are
based on old designs. All the unofficial pieces, have therefore been struck in the years 2000-2001.
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