Gibraltar 5-PENCE (KM1081) Barbary Macaque
The Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) is often called a Barbary Ape, but it is not an ape. It is a true monkey, but it has no tail. Perhaps that is why it gets confused with apes.
Barbary Macaques are the only other primate -- besides humans -- that live freely in Europe. The Gibraltar population are from Algeria and Morocco, and were introduced -- probably by the Moors -- relatively recently (sometime from the 8th to 16th century).
- Diameter: 18 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM1081