The Great Britain's overseas territory of Gibraltar is situated on the most southern edge of Iberian Peninsula. Now the Rock is a part of European Union, but, due to some difficulties, the right to vote in EU elections was given to Gibraltarians only in 2014. The main concern of international observers is that Gibraltar is a non-self-governing state, i.e. British colony. The referendum, held in 1960's, showed the will of Gibraltarians to be under the British sovereignty. Despite that, the territory uses its own Gibraltarian coins and banknotes as the legal tender. The commemorative coins of Gibraltar are issued from time to time too. Special collectible Gibraltarian coins show the events of history and significant persons. As the legal tender of British territory, coins of Gibraltar bear the Queen’s profile portrait. Both circulated and special Gibraltarian coins are called pounds after British currency.
The Rock of Gibraltar was captured by Britain in 1713 during the war with Spain. The point has great military and naval importance, because it controls the way out from the Mediterranean to Atlantic Ocean. The Rock played a great role in Trafalgar battle and World War II campaigns; although it remains the subject of argue between UK and Spanish Kingdom. Current Gibraltarians have mixed origin of British, Andalusian Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and others, who migrated to Gibraltar in the last 300 years. The official language of Gibraltar is English, while the common vocal tongue is Llanito, which is the mix of Andalusian and English with different influences of other languages, presented on the territory. Gibraltarians often use the name Llanitos for themselves.
Subtropical climate provides the warm weather during all the year. There are some animals and plants, found in Gibraltar, which do not live anywhere in Europe, except the Rock. Gibraltar has Botanic Gardens where the endemics are safe. Nowadays Gibraltar sustains its economy due to tourism and online gambling mostly. The large part of the state’s income is completed by British military. Issuing of commemorative Gibraltarian coins is a way to enlarge the revenue of the Rock. Rare collectible coins of Gibraltar are available for order online at Coinsberg.com.
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