The British island of Alderney is one of so called Channel Islands, located between British and French shores. It’s one of the largest islands of the Channel Islands with population of less than 2 thousand people. Nowadays it’s the tourist and entertainment center with lots of shops and pubs. The yacht sport is also popular among the visitors. Current Alderney, in addition to its tourist activity, produces precious commemoratives. The majority of collectible coins of Alderney are dedicated to significant British and international events. The denominations of coins of Alderney are indicated in pounds sterling. Special editions of Alderney coins have perfect quality and classic balanced designs with the Queen Elizabeth’s effigy on the obverse.
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.
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