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Modern European coins except the euro => Spain, Portugal => Gibraltar => Topic started by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 08:37:31 PM

Title: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 08:37:31 PM
In addition to its standard circulation coinage, Gibraltar has issued various commemorative or collector coins:

* Some of these are 1 and 2 pound coins, and some (but not all) have circulated and do circulate.

* Some of them have been 50 pence coins, and there was even a commemorative 2 pence coin.

* The 5 pound coins are collector pieces only and do not circulate.



NOTES.

1] I have deliberately excluded Xmas 50p coins, as well as other thematic collector 50p coins such as these (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,4944.0.html).

2] Please post any Xmas coins in a separate topic.

3] The topic title does not mention the 2p or 50p coins contained herein, but that was simply so I could keep the title short.

4] I have not included any coins from the 2004 and 2005 commemorative circulation coinages, because these were special cases that included all the standard denominations from 1 penny to 2 pounds.

5] These coins were originally part of the topic: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12037.0.html). I have split them out in order to simplify that topic.

6] If these notes are complicated, this is because Gibraltar's coin issuing policy is somewhat incoherent.  :-X



See also: Gibraltar: World War Two 50p set (2004) (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,4944.0.html)



To look at Gibraltar's standard circulation coins, see these topics:

Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12037.0.html).

Comments on "Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar" (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12038.0.html).

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 08:44:48 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=62158;image)

In 1989 Gibraltar issued a circulating commemorative pound coin, honouring the 150th anniversary of the first Gibraltar coin.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 09:07:29 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9525.0;attach=62164;image)

In 1993 Gibraltar released a circulating pound coin that commemorated the 1967 referendum, in which an overwhelming majority of the adult population voted to remain British.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 09:12:15 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27141.0;attach=62180;image)

In 1994 Gibraltar issued a circulating pound coin commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Queen's first visit to Gibraltar. It depicts the Royal Yacht Britannia.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 09:21:49 PM
A two pound coin was also issued with the same design.
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 09:37:12 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9525.0;attach=62165;image)

In 1995 Gibraltar issued a circulating pound coin depicting the Rock and the emblem of the United Nations. It commemorated Gibraltar's National Day, and the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 09:39:16 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13632.0;attach=62190;image)



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.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 17, 2011, 09:45:14 PM
Here is the full set of the Twelve Labours of Hercules.
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on October 18, 2011, 12:52:03 AM
See also part one of this topic: Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12037.0.html).



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5096.0;attach=62186;image)

In 2001 Gibraltar issued a two pound coin to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Union Flag, colloquially known as the Union Jack.
I do not know whether this coin actually circulated.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on May 27, 2016, 11:52:28 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=15897.0;attach=82158;image)

In 2003, Gibraltar issued a circulating pound coin to celebrate the 1700th Anniversary of Death of St. George.

The design shows George and the Dragon, and the Latin legend translates as "George, friend of Christ".

 
 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on May 27, 2016, 11:53:23 AM
In 2007 a mysterious two pence coin of Gibraltar, commemorating the Queen's Diamond Wedding, appeared on the market.
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on May 27, 2016, 11:54:46 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4102.0;attach=4454;image)

This was followed by a two pound coin on the same theme. When I queried these issues with a reliable correspondent from Gibraltar, he replied:

"The 2p you refer to along with a £2 Diamond wedding, was not made generally available and was a special order from a private collector."

So these are apparently not official issues.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on May 27, 2016, 12:07:50 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4102.0;attach=4458;image)

In 2008 Gibraltar issued a commemorative 50 pence, depicting "Our Lady of Europe".



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5960.0;attach=7824;image)

Compare this with the former 20 pence design, whose legend reads "Our Lady of Europa".  "Europa/Europe" - which version do the Gibraltarians use?

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on May 27, 2016, 12:11:06 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9525.0;attach=58622;image)



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9525.0;attach=58623;image)

Gibraltar, 5 pounds, 2014.  The Rock of Gibraltar.

Just as in the UK, the five pound coins are collector coins only and are not intended to circulate.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar: Some 1, 2 and 5 pound commemoratives
Post by: <k> on May 27, 2016, 10:13:18 PM
To look at Gibraltar's standard circulation coins, see these topics:

Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12037.0.html).

Comments on "Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar" (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12038.0.html).