Blog Article: Designer Initials, Signatures and Monograms on Coins

Designer Initials, Signatures and Monograms on Coins

This article is an attempt to make a systematic list of the designer's signatures and other forms of identification which can be found on various coins, to assist in identifying them on coins where they have not been explicitly listed elsewhere.

This list is obviously not full and is under construction. Note that in many cases there are ambiguities - the same abbreviation may apply to more than one person; in such cases, it has to be decided by context - e.g. country, mint and time (when the coin was issued).

AB (stylised A over B) - Aaron Baggio. Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
ALS - Arthur Sutherland. South African Mint, on coins issued for South Africa.
AS - Aleksandra Stokic. Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
AWB - Adam William Ball. Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia and the Solomon Islands.
AH - Aleysha Howarth. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.

BK - Bronwyn King. Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
B.P. - Benedetto Pistrucci. Royal Mint (and colonial branch mints), on coins issued for the United Kingdom.
BS - B (???) Scott. Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
BS - Benjamin Sowards. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.

CAC - Craig Campbell. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
CLS - Coert Laurens Steynberg. Rand Refinery (producer of the Krugerrand) and the South African Mint on other coins issued for South Africa.
CM - C Moses. South African Mint, on coins issued for South Africa.
CP (monogram) - Chiara Principe. Italian Mint, on coins for San Marino and the Vatican; PowerCoin, on coins for Palau; the (modern) East India Company on coins issued for Saint Helena
CT - Cecil Thomas. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom. Also designed the Crowned Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II used on colonial coinage, where his initials are incuse on the neck truncation and can only be seen at an angle.
CTC - Chris Costello. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.

DB - Darryl Bellotti. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
DT - Dan Thorne. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom.
DW - Donna Weaver. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.

EF - Edgar Fuller. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom.
EH - Elana Hagler. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
ESD - Emily Damstra. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.

G (in circle) - [Vladimir] Gottwald. Royal Australian Mint - designed an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II for use in Australia only, as well as reverses for some commemorative coins.

HP - [Thomas] Humphrey Paget. Royal Mint - designed the effigies of King Edward VIII and King George VI, the latter used extensively on British and colonial coinage. Also some reverse designs for same.

IJ - Ing Ing Jong. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.
IRB - Ian Rank-Broadley. Designed the Fourth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for the Royal Mint, which is used extensively by many other mints for the coinage of Commonwealth countries where she is head of state (and for commemorative coins in some places where she is not?!),

JB - [Reginald George] James Berry. Royal Mint, on coins issued for New Zealand and dependencies. Also designed an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II for use in New Zealand only.
JB - John Bergdahl. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom; Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
JB - James Butler. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom. He also designed an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on commemorative coinage on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
JC - Jody Clark. Designed the Fifth Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for the Royal Mint, which is used in the United Kingdom, as well as Australia and Saint Helena in an uncouped version. He also designed the reverses of many British coins, and a Gothic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II used by the Commonwealth Mint on some Alderney coins.
JF - John Flanagan. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States; on his portrait of George Washington the initials are on the neck truncation.
JFM - Joseph Menna. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
JG - Justin Graham. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
JI - Joel Iskowitz. U.S. Mint on coins issued for the United States; APMEX, on coins issued for Niue; the (modern) East India Company on coins issued for Saint Helena. He also designed an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used by the Commonwealth Mint on commemoratives of British territories.
JK - Justin Kunz. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
JM - John M. Mercanti. U.S. Mint on coins issued for the United States; Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia (the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle range); B.H. Mayer, on coins issued for the Cook Islands.
JM - Jennifer McKenna. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia (except on the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle range) and Tuvalu.
JPM - John P. McGraw. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
JR - Jovan Radanovich. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.

KB - Kevin Bynder. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia (2022).
KG - [George] Kruger Gray. Royal Mint - designed a large number of British and colonial coins.

LA - Leslie Adonis. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
LB - Lucas Bowers. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.
LGF - Laura Gardin Fraser. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States; on her portrait of George Washington the initials are on the neck truncation.
LK - Louis Kwan. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
LL (monogram) - Luc Luycx. Designed the reverse of the circulating Euro coins, so his monogram is seen on coins issued by multiple mints and countries in the Eurozone.
LP - Louise Pinder. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.

MD - Motshabi Daisy Mothobela. South African Mint, on coins issued for South Africa (2004 - 2016).
MD (monogram) - Martin DaĊĦek. Czech Mint, on coins issued for Niue.
MG - Mary Gillick. Royal Mint. Designed the First Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II used extensively on the coinage of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, where her initials are incuse on the neck truncation and can only be seen at an angle.
MG - Mathew Gee. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
MG (monogram) - Michael Gaudioso. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
MJS - MJ Scheepers. South African Mint, on coins issued for South Africa.
MM - Milena Milan. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.

NH - Neil Hollis. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
NM - Natasha Muhl. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.

PB - Paul Botes. South African Mint, on coins issued for South Africa (2008 - ).
PH - Phebe Hemphill. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
PJD - Paul Day. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom.
PJL - P.J. Lynch. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom.
PM - Percy Metcalfe. Royal Mint. Designed the crowned portraits of King George V and King George VI used on coinage of colonies and dominions but not in the United Kingdom itself. Designed also the portrait of Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria for some Bulgarian coins struck by the Royal Mint.
Note that on some modern Commonwealth coins PM is not the designer's initials (even when shown where those would be expected to be, e.g. below the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II), but the mint mark of the Pobjoy Mint.

RaM - Richard Masters. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
RDM - Raphael David Maklouf. Designed the Third Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for the Royal Mint, which is used extensively by many other mints for the coinage of Commonwealth countries where she is head of state. Also designed an older portrait of Queen Elizabeth II used by the Crown Mint on commemoratives of British dependent territories.
RG - Renata Gordon. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
RV - Ryan Vanderwiel. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.

SA - Sarah Anderson. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
SB - Shevaun Buschenhofen. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
SB - Susanna Blunt. Royal Canadian Mint, designed a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II used on coins issued for Canada.
SD - Stuart Devlin. Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia. He also designed United Kingdom commemoratives for the Royal Mint, but on these his initials are not shown.
SL - Sara Langridge. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
SR - Sean Rogers. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.

TD - Tony Dean. Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
TD - Thomas T. Docherty. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom (2022).
TF - Travis Farley. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia.
TN (monogram, T over N) - Timothy Noad. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom.
TRH - Thomas Hipschen. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
TV - Thomas (Tom) Vaughan. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.

VLC - VL Chipa. South African Mint, on coins issued for South Africa.

WA (monogram, W above A) - Adolph Weinman. U.S. Mint. Designed the "Mercury" Liberty Head used on United States dimes from 1916 to 1945, and on bullion coins later.
WC - William Cousins. U.S. Mint, on coins issued for the United States.
WG - William Gardner. Royal Mint, on coins issued for the United Kingdom (1953 - 2008).
WR - Wade Robinson. Perth Mint, on coins issued for Australia and Tuvalu.

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Article Details
AuthorPavel Kalinov
DateApril 9, 2022