Gibraltar 5-PENCE (KM775)
Gibraltar 5-PENCE (KM775)

Gibraltar 5-PENCE (KM775) 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).

This smaller 5 pence coin first appeared in 1990 (KM22.2), and this version with an updated bust of Elizabeth was minted from 1998 to 2003.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 17.9 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel
  • CAT#: KM775

Obverse Legend

GIBRALTAR ELIZABETH II

Reverse Legend

FIVE PENCE 5

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