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Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« on: July 16, 2020, 07:09:16 PM »
I have come acros these images of an alleged COVID-19 commemorative 50p coin of Gibraltar. They were released by coin dealer LPM in Hong Kong. Allegedly 100,000 pieces will be produced. The piece looks very crude. It does not depict the Pobjoy mintmark. The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is also not included on it, although it is known that Gibraltar has recently issued certain collectors coins without it. The technical specifications of the piece are the same as those used for normal 50 pence coins.

The Government of Gibraltar has not (yet?) given approval for the release of a coin like this. It is well possible that it is a fantasy piece although the information originates from a reliable major coin dealer.

I have enquired at the Gibraltar National Mint and Pobjoy Mint about it.





Information via: Peter Rogers on Facebook group Coins, Coins, Coins / LPM
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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 04:45:00 PM »
Pobjoy Mint informed me that this is not a product they have produced or will be issuing. They also mentioned that it is not upto their quality standard. ;) I am still awaiting a reply of the Gibraltar National Mint.

While looking at it I also noticed that the stripe between COVID and 19 is missing. The official spelling is of course COVID-19.

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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2020, 09:28:01 PM »
At first I assumed the human was Elton John with his big glasses!  :D
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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2020, 02:09:59 PM »
I think the coin is an official release although nobody knows where they were produced nor who will distribute them. I just came across these images of the packaging in which the BU coins are going to be sold. The type of packaging looks like the one The Royal Mint uses.

One piece is listed on eBay with the starting bid set at 1,000 pounds.
 




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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2020, 08:33:12 PM »
I was going to write something along the lines of "what an odd way to release a coin" - but then this is an issue from Gibraltar... ::)

Mintage is "limited to 100,000" apparently.
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2020, 09:12:07 PM »
Trying hard to believe it is impossible that the Llantrissant mint would call Gibraltar a "British UK Overseas Territory".

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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2020, 10:55:18 PM »
Yes, I do not think this was made by The Royal Mint but just the card and plastic packaging bears resemblance to that used by The Royal Mint for its BU coins.

In terms of quality this piece and its packaging is not similar to that of any mint Gibraltar is known to have worked with in the past. The spelling error 'chalenges' that appears twice on the packaging is bad too. It almost looks as if Gibraltar now has a contract with some Chinese private mint to produce its coins. Hopefully the government of Gibraltar will tomorrow reply to my questions because this is getting rather bizarre.

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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2020, 12:38:51 PM »
The owner of the piece listed on eBay claims he found it in his change while shopping in London. Now, the piece does look circulated but..

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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2020, 05:13:20 PM »
It appears there are 2 variants of the coin. It seems that the pieces in the BU packs depict the spelling error commemerate while at least a part of the pieces produced for general circulation depict the corrected word commemorate. There are also several spelling errors on the packaging of the BU packs.

All of the pieces also depict a spelling error in that the official name of the virus is COVID-19, so with stripe. The pieces depict 'COVID 19'.


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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2020, 05:18:22 PM »
This coin "commemorates" a disease that is easily transmissible through close contact with other people. Much of the advice and regulation these past six months has focused on getting people not to have close contact with other people. So the obvious choice of illustration for the packaging is to get eight people in a circle an arm's length from each other, holding hands...  ::)

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Re: Gibraltar: COVID-19 50 pence 2020
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2020, 03:06:44 PM »
Yeah, that folder photo is an odd choice indeed. ::)  As for the design of the coin, it looks a little (too) busy but is basically OK in my opinion. As for the spelling of the disease name, I have seen "COVID-19" (all caps, with dash), "Covid 19" (no dash), even CoViD ... As long as we all keep in mind that it does not mean "China Overseas Virus Disease", we can and should be flexible.

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