Platinum Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque, Coin from Gibraltar - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque, Coin from Gibraltar
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque

Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the north by Spain. Its currency is the Gibraltar Pound, which is locally interchangeable with the Pound Sterling, to which it is pegged at par; however, the Gibraltar Pound is legal tender only in Gibraltar and not in the United Kingdom.

The territory has also authorised some mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These latter are usually in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of platinum.

This design was announced as the first issue in the Gibraltar Royal Platinum Ounce series, officially approved by the Gibraltar National Mint and Buckingham Palace.

The reverse features a Barbary Macaque, one of the symbols of Gibraltar. The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), also known as Barbary ape, is a species native to North Africa, which also has a small introduced population in Gibraltar, being the only population of wild monkeys in Europe.

MintMDM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Gibraltar / Platinum Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II QUEEN OF GIBRALTAR 5 POUNDS.

Gibraltar / Platinum Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features an image of a Barbary Macaque, sitting on a rock and holding an ornamental key on a chain (part of the Badge of Gibraltar). Behind the Macaque is a graphic resembling crowns.

Around left, the name of the series: ROYAL PLATINUM OUNCE, followed by the date of issue 2021. Around right, the precious metal content, 1oz FINE PLATINUM 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% platinum).

Reverse Inscription ROYAL PLATINUM OUNCE 2021 1oz FINE PLATINUM 999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in protective plastic and display box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

The coins are minted by MDM and marketed by the Gibraltar National Mint, which (despite its name) is not a mint but a commercial organisation set up by the Gibraltar Government to market Gibraltar coinage.

See also

The design is also available as a silver ounce.

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Platinum Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque: Details
CurrencyGibraltar Pound
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Effigy / SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage100
Material0.999 Platinum
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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