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Gibraltar Decimal Currency Set - 1967 Referendum - Coin Year Set

Coin Year Set
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Technical details
  • 16.01.2019
  • Pobjoy & Gibraltar National Mint
  • Various
  • Various
  • Various
  • 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2
About Gibraltar Decimal Currency Set - 1967 Referendum

This is the most recent Gibraltar Decimal complete currency set issued and it is of special importance as not only were all coins released in 2017, but additionally all coins have a common theme design to celebrate 50 Years of Gibraltar’s historic Referendum. It has been produced inside an elegant presentation package and includes the 9 decimal currency coins that are legal tender in Gibraltar. The Coin set colection is limited to only 1000 copies worldwide

THE COINS

The design of the coin features the coat of arms of the Government of Gibraltar which combines that of Her Majesty’s Government and Gibraltar’s own coat of arms.

HM Government of Gibraltar coat of arms consists of a quartered shield of which the first and fourth quarters show the passant guardian lions of England. The second quarter features the rampant lion and double treasure Flory counterflory of Scotland and in the third a harp for Ireland.

The crest is a guardian lion wearing the St Edward’s Crown and the dexter supporter is a likewise crowned English lion. The sinister is a Scottish unicorn which, according to legend, is a very dangerous beast therefore the heraldic unicorn is chained.

Gibraltar coat of arms consists of an escutcheon and a three-towered castle under which hangs a golden key. The significance of the keys is that they have come to symbolise the possession of the Fortress by Great Britain since the capture of The Rock in 1704.

THE REFERENDUM

The coin collection marks 50 Years of Gibraltar’s referendum which was held on the 10th September 1967. The result of the Gibraltar referendum was an overwhelming vote by its inhabitants to retain their links with Britain. Of the 12,762 Gibraltarians qualified to vote, no fewer than 12,138 voted to remain with Britain. Only 44 opted for the transfer of the Rock to Spanish sovereignty.

The voting slips were made out in Spanish and English, and voters had the choice of voting “to pass under Spanish, sovereignty in accordance with the terms proposed by the Spanish Government on May 18, 1966,” or “voluntarily to retain their link with the United Kingdom, with democratic local institutions and with the United Kingdom retaining its present responsibilities.”

Every year the Gibraltar Referendum is celebrated on the 10th September by “National Day” and the 50th Anniversary was marked also by the issuance of these coins.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

1p Coin

Metal: Copper Plated Steel
Weight: 3.56gms
Diameter: 20.30mm

2p Coin

Metal: Copper Plated Steel
Weight: 7.13gms
Diameter: 25.90mm

5p Coin

Metal: Nickel Plated Steel
Weight: 3.25gms
Diameter: 18.00mm

10p Coin

Metal: Nickel Plated Steel
Weight: 6.50gms
Diameter: 24.50mm

20p Coin

Metal: Cupro Nickel
Weight: 5gms
Diameter: 21.40mm

50p Coin

Metal: Cupro Nickel
Weight: 8gms
Diameter: 27.30mm

£1 Coin

Metal: Nickel Brass
Weight: 9.50gms
Diameter: 25.50mm

£2 Coin

Metal: Bi-Metal (NiBr/CuNi)
Weight: 12gms
Diameter: 28.40mm