SEYCHELLES

Varieties to the 25 Cents coins of the Republic period.

    The first Seychelles coins I ever got were given to me when I was still at primary school. A classmate had been with his family, on what was his first visit to see his mother’s family on this rather small group of islands in the Indian Ocean. The coins he brought me were a selection of 1977 dated coins (5 Cents to 5 Rupees).

The difference in wing feathers between 1982 and 1989 25 Cents of the Seychelles
French 20 Francs of 1950 came with either 3 or 4 plumes near the cockerel's tail, here we have a similar variety
going from 1982 to 1989 25 Cent coins of the Seychelles.

    One of the more notable circulation coins of the Seychelles is the 25 Cents of general type KM-49.x (i.e. those variants of the type first introduced in 1982). There are a number of dates for this type ranging from 1982 to 1997. Forgetting to mention proofs, these coins are....

KM-49.1 - Cu-Ni, with Coat of Arms obverse and Black Parrot reverse.

1982 - (I will add an image of this one later)

These were made by the British Royal Mint (with the possibility that they sub-contracted this to the Birmingham Mint - I have no evidence to confirm this though).
 

KM-49.2 - Cu-Ni, both obverse AND reverse redesigned (re-cut). The coat of arms can be seen to differ - different parts of the motto ribbon touch the tails of the birds (bearers). The parrot can be seen to differ - with five feathers instead of four in the small group of feathers near the parrot's foot.

1989 without mint mark - (I may add an image of this one later)
1992 with “PM” mint mark

The use of a re-cut die (as introduced for the dated 1989 coins) suggests that there had been a change of contractor for these coins. That suggests that the British Royal Mint did not make the 1989 coins. The lack of the “PM” mint mark of the 1989 coins does though suggest that the Pobjoy Mint did not make them. However it could be surmised that since the die for the 1992 coins is the same as on the 1989 coins then maybe the dies were produced by the Pobjoy Mint in 1989 but the coins made by a subcontracted mint. Will we ever know ? One reason for this could have been capacity related.

The difference in wings between 1982 and 1989 25 Cents of the Seychelles
The whole of the wing on these two coins (1982 and 1989 dated pieces are shown).

KM-49.3 - exactly same design as KM-49.2 but composition is Nickel-clad-Steel instead of Cu-Ni.

1993 with “PM” mint mark
1997 with “PM” mint mark
 

    In the latter part of the year 2000, the Pobjoy Mint informed me that they had still not made any further circulation coins for the Seychelles since the 1997 dated issue. All the same, I kept an eye out for some new dates on Seychelles circulation coins and at last came across a couple of 2000 dated 25 Cent pieces in March 2002.

    These new date pieces were the start of a new chapter in the life of this 25 Cents general type. For this issue the design has again seen a number of slight modifications (including slightly different font on obverse and bolder denomination on reverse, but no change in the feathers from the 1989-1997 design), the alloy has again been changed (this time from Nickel-clad-Steel to Stainless Steel) and the mint mark has even been changed. As far as I know the Seychelles circulation coins dated 2000 were only the second contract of foreign coins to be made by the South African Mint Company and to include the mint’s logo, in miniscule proportions, as a mint mark. (The first such contract having been that for 150 million pieces of 1998 dated 2 Rupee coins of the Republic of India). The mint's “M in an oval” mint mark (for want of a better description) appears on the 2000 dated Seychelles coins in the same position as the “PM” mint mark of the Pobjoy Mint once appeared. The other year 2000 dated coins of the Seychelles known to have been made in Pretoria with the "M in an oval" mint mark are 5 Cent and 10 Cent coins made in Brass-plated-Steel and 5 Rupee coins made in Copper-Nickel. I have haven’t seen any examples of these three others but I would imagine that they too will feature a few slight design modifications as compared to the pieces made by the Pobjoy Mint. Finally, I should just mention that the recent history of the 25 Cents coin is mirrored, with a few exceptions, in that of the other circulation denominations, though only the 25 Cents has so many composition changes and such clear design changes.

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The info above on 25 Cent sub-types was published in the June 2002 edition of the Numismatics International Bulletin (pages 181-182, pages numbered through the year).