First 'Pearl Black' coin celebrates stamp anniversary


01 January 2020
Pobjoy Mint have announced the new release of the world’s very first Pearl Black 50p coin to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the Penny Black stamp. 

Back in 1990, Pobjoy Mint issued a similar coin which was awarded Best Crown, Most Innovative Coinage and overall Coin of the Year. The coin was produced to mark the anniversary of the world’s first adhesive stamp, introduced in Britain in 1840.

Now, the 50 pence coin has been reproduced using the same design showing the image from the stamp but with a change of anniversary and denomination. 

A spokesperson for Pobjoy Mint said:

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‘All versions will have the lustrous “Pearl Black” finish which is a special technique adopted by Pobjoy Mint in order to create the beautiful effect complemented by the incused rim and for the first time done on a 50p.’

The coin, issued on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar, will be produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish, Proof Sterling Silver, Proof Sterling Silver Piedfort, Proof 22ct Gold and Proof 22ct Gold Piedfort. The coin is presented in a special anniversary pack with certificate of authenticity.

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