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Despite its size, Alderney has long history, which is sometimes unclear. The earliest human traces on the island are megaliths, although they were almost completely ruined by wars in 19-20 centuries. It was Romans who first called the island Riduna; the inhabitants of Alderney are still called Ridunians. Anglicization of Alderney occurred during Victorian era because of English garrison and workers, coming to the island for building of fortifications. The island was considered by British to be the important point between Britain and hostile Napoleonic France, so they decided to set massive fortification line there. Since that time Alderney has the longest breakwater in UK, but the whole harbor was not completed though. The hard times came to Alderney during the World War II when the island became the only British territory occupied by Nazi Germany.
Alderney has some forms of flora and fauna, most significant of which are cabbage trees, looking like palms, and “blonde” hedgehogs. Seabirds, such as puffins and gannet, are common on the island’s coast. The distant and quiet place of Alderney with its warm climate attracts to its shores retired celebrities. Precious collectible coins of Alderney are quite rare, but spectacular, which make them perfect souvenirs or additions to coin collections. As for the commemorative coins of Alderney are minted by the British Royal Mint, they have the same fine craftwork, as the rest of British pieces. Splendid silver coins of Alderney are available online at Coinsberg.com.