Designer of Australia’s coins dies aged 86

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

The designer of all Australian coins in circulation except the $2, Stuart Devlin, has died aged 86.The designer of Australia’s coins, Stuart Devlin, has died, aged 86.
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The Royal Australian Mint announced on Thursday the Geelong-born goldsmith, silversmith and artist died peacefully a week ago.

Devlin won a competition to design Australia’s decimal currency in 1964, which was released in 1966, giving prominence to the nation’s iconic wildlife.

He designed every Australian coin in circulation, with the exception of the $2 which was created by Horst Hahne.

At 13, Devlin began studying at Geelong’s Gordon Institute of Technology, before going on to study gold and silversmithing at the Prahran Institute of Art in Melbourne.

He was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London and the Harkness Fellowship, which took him to New York’s Columbia University, before returning to Australia in 1962.

Two years later, he won the competition to design Australia’s first decimal coins.

Devlin went on to design coins for another 36 countries, including the UK and Singapore.

Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid said many of Devlin’s original plasters and sketches are in the national coin collection, with an exhibition honouring his work last year.

“The Mint pays tribute to Stuart Devlin AO CMG, a passionate and prolific designer, goldsmith and silversmith, whose legacy is enduring,” Mr MacDiarmid said in a statement.

Devlin also designed medals, jewellery, decorative table wear, furniture, interiors and architecture.

DEVLIN’S DESIGNS:

* $1 – Kangaroos

* 50c – Kangaroo and Emu (coat of arms)

* 20c – Platypus

* 10c – Superb lyrebird

* 5c – Echidna

* 2c – Feathertail glider

* 1c – Frill-necked lizard

Australian Associated Press

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