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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2016, 07:09:52 PM »



In 2004, Gibraltar celebrated the 300th anniversary of British administration. To commemorate this, Gibraltar issued a one-year circulation set of special designs. Instead of using the current portrait of the Queen, by Ian Rank Broadley, they switched to one created by Raphael Maklouf in 1985, which 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 has been used on Gibraltar's circulating coinage since 2004. The initials RDM, seen next to the portrait, stand for Raphael David Maklouf.

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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2016, 07:10:16 PM »



The penny showed a new design of the famous "Barbary ape", along with a legend of "1704 - 2004", in common with all the circulation coins of the set. All the reverse designs of the 2004 set were created by the renowned English sculptor and coin designer, Philip Nathan.
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2016, 07:10:39 PM »



The two pence design carried a design of a bunch of keys, symbolising Gibraltar's location as the key to the Mediterranean.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2016, 07:11:03 PM »



The five pence design carries a design of the Royal Mace, and the words "CONSTITUTION ORDER 1969".  That order guaranteed British sovereignty over Gibraltar to its people:

Whereas Gibraltar is part of Her Majesty’s dominions and Her Majesty’s Government have given assurances to the people of Gibraltar that Gibraltar will remain part of Her Majesty’s dominions unless and until an Act of Parliament otherwise provides, and furthermore that Her Majesty’s Government will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #34 on: June 02, 2016, 07:11:26 PM »






The ten pence shows three officers during Operation Torch in 1942, which saw the joint British and American invasion of French North Africa, as part of the effort to defeat the Nazis.
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2016, 07:11:52 PM »



The twenty pence commemorates the discovery of the Neanderthal skull in Gibraltar in 1848.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2016, 07:12:15 PM »



Both sides of the 20 pence coin of 2004.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2016, 07:12:43 PM »



The fifty pence commemorates British victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805.

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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2016, 07:13:06 PM »



The one pound coin commemorates The Great Siege, 1779-83, and depicts the Koehler Siege Gun, invented by Lieutenant Koehler.
 

Prior to 2004, the Pobjoy Mint produced Gibraltar's coins, and the edge of the pound coin had alternate milled and plain sections, and there was no edge inscription. In 2004, the Tower Mint took over the production of the coinage, and since then the pound coin has had a milled edge, but still without any inscription.



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The Great Siege of Gibraltar was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence. This was the largest action fought during the war in terms of numbers, particularly the Grand Assault of 18 September 1782. It was the longest siege endured by the British Armed Forces, as well as being one of the longest continuous sieges in history.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2016, 07:16:49 PM »



The two pound coin depicts the capture of Gibraltar by the British in 1704.

Prior to 2004, the Pobjoy Mint produced Gibraltar's coins, and the edge of the two pound coin had alternate milled and plain sections, and there was no edge inscription. All the two pound coins have a milled edge but no edge inscription.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2016, 07:17:05 PM »



In 2005 Gibraltar continued the same themes as in 2004. However, most of the designs of 2004 were actually placed on different denominations in 2005. This is a phenomenon I have not noticed on the coins of any other country or territory. The Royal Mace now appeared on the reverse of the penny.

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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2016, 07:17:24 PM »



The two pence now commemorated Operation Torch.

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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2016, 07:17:44 PM »



The Barbary ape now appeared on the reverse of the five pence.

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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2016, 07:18:10 PM »



And the ten pence now commemorated The Great Siege of 1779-83.

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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2016, 07:18:36 PM »



The keys of Gibraltar now appeared on the twenty pence.

 
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