New Series of Gibraltar 50p Coins Feature Only Wild Monkeys in Europe

Primates: A Four Coin Set - Barbary Ape
Primates: A Four Coin Set – Barbary Ape
  • First 50 pence of a four-coin set featuring primates
  • Coins produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish and in color to bring the primates to life
  • Low mintage of 7,500
  • Special magnetic collector’s album to hold all four coins will be available separately

The Rock of Gibraltar is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the peninsulas that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, a narrow strait which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar from Morocco in Africa. At the narrowest point Europe and Africa are only separated by 7.7 nautical miles of ocean.

A popular belief holds that as long as the Gibraltar Barbary macaques exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain British. Another story links Gibraltar to Africa by a subterranean passage, which begins at lower St. Michael’s Cave in Gibraltar and passes under the Strait of Gibraltar and it is believed that the Gibraltar Barbary macaques entered The Rock from Morocco this way.

One of the best-known Old World monkey species, the population in Gibraltar is the only such population outside of Northern Africa and the only population of wild monkeys in Europe. The males play an unusual role in rearing young because the paternity is uncertain and they are therefore integral to raising all infants.

The coin features an adult Barbary Macaque with an infant snuggled on its back. With the coin available in stunning color, these magnificent primates are really brought to life and will make a spectacular addition to any coin collection.

Upcoming Gibraltar 50p Primate coins from Pobjoy Mint

Coin Specifications

Metal: Cupro Nickel
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Weight: 8.00 g
Issue Limit: 7,500


We have produced a special magnetic collector’s album (sold separately) for this set of four colored primate coins that provides information about the individual primates.

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