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Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar

Started by <k>, October 17, 2011, 08:36:28 PM

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A Barbary ape in Gibraltar.

 
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#16
Gibraltar 10  pence 1988.jpg

The ten pence depicted the Moorish Castle, with the Mediaeval Tower of Homage.



Gibraltar 10 pence 1992-.jpg

The obverse of the 10 pence coin.
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#18

Statue of "Our Lady of Europe" at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, Gibraltar.



Gibraltar 20 pence 1988.jpg

The obverse of the 20 pence coin.




The Statue of "Our Lady of Europa" appeared on the reverse of the twenty pence.
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#19
Gibraltar 50p 1997.jpg

The obverse of the 50 pence coin.


Gibraltar 50  pence  1988.jpg

A candytuft, Gibraltar's floral emblem, adorned the reverse of the fifty pence.
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Iberis gibraltarica (Gibraltar candytuft) is a flowering plant of the genus Iberis and the family Brassicaceae. It is the symbol of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve in Gibraltar, but it is actually a native of North Africa. Gibraltar is the only place in Europe where it is found growing in the wild. The candytuft grows from crevices in the limestone, and is often seen growing in abundance from the north face of the Rock of Gibraltar. Its flowers range from pale violet to almost white, and can reach up to 8 cm (3.1 in) across.
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#21
Gibraltar 1 pound 1990.jpg

The obverse of the 1 pound coin.



Gibraltar 1 pound 1988.jpg

The pound coin featured Gibraltar's coat of arms.

Gibraltar's official motto, "Montis insignia calpe", means "Insignia of the Mountain of Calpe", which is the Rock of Gibraltar. 

The edge of the coin has alternate milled and plain sections. There is no edge inscription.



For other pound coin issues, see: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives.
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In 1990 the UK reduced the size and weight of its five pence coin, and Gibraltar followed suit, though it retained the design of the macaque monkey.
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#23
Gibraltar 50p 1997~.jpg




The fifty pence coin with the reverse design of the candytuft flower had been issued in 1988 and 1989, but in 1990 a new reverse design was issued of five dolphins swimming in a circle. This was a superb design. It was also reminiscent of the three swirling dolphins seen on the unofficial flag of Anguilla and on its brief independence coinage of the late 1960s.

Designer: Leslie Lindsay.

 
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#24
Gibraltar 10 pence 1993.jpg



In 1992 the UK reduced the size and weight of its ten pence coin. Gibraltar followed suit, but this time it used the opportunity to replace the design with one of the Europort building. This reverse design was issued from 1992 until 2003. Curiously, a reduced version of the original ten pence design, showing the Moorish Castle, was also issued in 1994, for one year only. In 1994, then, the two different designs co-circulated.

 
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#25
In 1997 the UK reduced the size and weight of its fifty pence coin, and again Gibraltar made the same change to its own fifty pence coin in the same year. Gibraltar kept the same dolphins design that it had used for the larger version of the fifty pence.
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#26
Gibraltar 2 pounds 1997.jpg



In 1997 Gibraltar released a new circulating denomination: a bimetallic two pound coin. This was in line with the UK, which also tried to introduce its own two pound coin in 1997; however, the electronic signature of the UK coins was wrong, so their issue was postponed until 1998, although the 1997-dated UK coins were also eventually released.

The reverse of the Gibraltar two pound coin shows Hercules strangling the Nemean lion. I do not know to what extent this coin circulated; if Gibraltar had retained its one pound banknote, then it is likely that banknotes would have been more popular than coins, but I have no knowledge of the situation on the ground in Gibraltar at that time.

ALL two pound coins of Gibraltar have a reeded edge and NO edge inscription.



For other 2 pounds issues, see: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives.
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#27
Gibraltar 1999.jpg



In 1998 the UK introduced a new effigy of the Queen for use on the obverse of its circulation coins. The new portrait was created by Ian Rank- Broadley and replaced the one by Raphael Maklouf. Gibraltar also adopted the new effigy in 1998. It was used until the end of 2003.
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#28
Gibraltar 2 pounds 1998.jpg

The obverse of the two pound coin, featuring the Rank-Broadley portrait.



Gibraltar 2 pounds 2002.jpg

The cannon of the Ince battery appeared on the reverse of the two pound coins of 2002 and 2003.



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#29
Gibraltar 1p 2004#.jpg



In 2004, Gibraltar celebrated the 300th anniversary of British administration. To commemorate this, Gibraltar issued a one-year circulation set of special designs.

Also, instead of using Ian Rank Broadley's portrait of the Queen, by Ian Rank Broadley, Gibraltar switched to one which had been created by Raphael Maklouf in 1985. That portrait was originally intended to be used only on commemorative coins. It is called an uncouped portrait because it includes the Queen's shoulders. A couped portrait shows only the head and neck. Maklouf's uncouped portrait was used on Gibraltar's circulating coinage from 2004 to 2016. The initials RDM, seen next to the portrait, stand for Raphael David Maklouf.
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