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

Silver Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque, Coin from Gibraltar
CoinSilver 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 silver - designated as 1 oz Ag, where Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver.

This coin is the first issue in the Gibraltar Royal Silver Ounce series by MDM, and features a Barbary Macaque.

Originally from the Atlas Mountains and the Rif Mountains of Morocco, the Barbary macaque population in Gibraltar is the only wild monkey population on the European continent. Although most Barbary monkey populations in Africa are experiencing decline due to hunting and deforestation, the Gibraltar population is increasing. As of 2021, some 300 animals in five troops occupy the Upper Rock area of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, though they make occasional forays into the town. As they are a tailless species, they are also known locally as Barbary apes or rock apes, despite being classified as monkeys (Macaca sylvanus). The local people simply refer to them as monos (English: monkeys) when conversing in Spanish or Llanito (the local vernacular).

MintMDM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage50,000
Gibraltar / Silver 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 2 POUNDS.

Gibraltar / Silver 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 SILVER OUNCE, followed by the date of issue 2021. Around right, the precious metal content, 1oz FINE SILVER 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription ROYAL SILVER OUNCE 2021 1oz FINE SILVER 999
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Silver Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque: Details
CurrencyGibraltar Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
MonarchQueen Victoria
Effigy / SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage50,000
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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Silver Ounce 2021 Barbary Macaque: Photos
Gibraltar Royal Silver Ounce - The Barbary macaque
Copyright: MDM
Gibraltar Royal Silver Ounce - The Barbary macaque
Copyright: MDM