Ascension Island
 

 
 25 Mar 1501  Discovered and claimed for Portugal by João da Nova
               (Ilha de Nossa Senora de Conceicão [Conception Island]).
 20 May 1503  Re-discovered by Alphonse d'Albuquerque, named Ascension.
 22 Feb 1701  English Capt. William Dampier on the Roebuck lands on island.
 22 Oct 1815  Britain takes possession, designating the island the H.M.S.
               Ascension, a "stone sloop of war of the smaller class."
 12 Sep 1922  Island is made a dependency of St. Helena, managed until 1964
               by the Eastern Telegraph Company (renamed Cable and Wireless
               24 May 1934)(effective 1 Nov 1922).
 

 
Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, around 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) from the coast of Africa and 2,250 kilometres (1,400 mi) from the coast of South America, which is roughly midway between the horn of South America and Africa. It is governed as part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, of which the main island, Saint Helena, is around 1,300 kilometres (800 mi) to the southeast. The territory also includes the "remotest populated archipelago" on earth, the sparsely populated Tristan da Cunha archipelago, some thirty degrees farther south and about half the way to the Antarctic Circle. The island is named after the day of its recorded discovery, Ascension Day,. It is about as far south of the equator as tropical Venezuela is to its north. Historically, it has played a role as an important safe haven and coaling station to mariners and for commercial airliners during the days of international air travel by flying boats and during World War II was an important naval and air station, especially providing antisubmarine warfare bases in the Battle of the Atlantic and throughout the war. Ascension Island was garrisoned by the British Admiralty from 22 October 1815 to 1922. The island is the location of RAF Ascension Island, which is a Royal Air Force station with a United States Air Force presence, a European Space Agency rocket tracking station, and the BBC World Service Atlantic Relay Station. The island was used extensively by the British military during the Falklands War. Ascension Island hosts one of five ground antennae (others are on Kwajalein Island, Diego Garcia, Colorado Springs and Hawaii) that assist in the operation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) navigational system. Capital: Georgetown.
Ascension Island is unusual among Britain’s Overseas Territories, in not having its own flag. Ascension still flies the Union flag by default, which may confuse many of our visitors, thinking they are actually in United Kingdom !
 
 
Monetary standard: Saint Helenian Pound (SHP) = 100 pence.
The Saint Helena pound (also called simply "pound") is the currency of the Atlantic islands of Saint Helena and Ascension, which are constituents of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is fixed at parity with the pound sterling and is subdivided into 100 pence. Tristan da Cunha, the third part of the territory, uses Pound sterling rather than the St Helena pound. However there are occasionally commemorative coins minted for the island. Initially, the British Pound Sterling circulated on Saint Helena, with the pound subdivided into 20 shillings, and each shilling into 12 pence. The first coins were first introduced in 1821, in which copper Half Pennies were issued for Saint Helena by the East India Trading Company and these were used for a majority of the Company's influence in the area. Prior to February 1961, the South African pound, which was then equal in value to sterling, was also accepted on the island, but this stopped with the introduction of the new decimal South African Rand, such that one rand was worth only ten shillings sterling. In 1976, the St. Helena government began issuing new, decimal denominated banknotes for use on the island, with the introduction of circulation coins intended for use on St. Helena as well as Ascension beginning in 1984 (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 50p and 1 Pound). Beside commemorative coins issued on St. Helena and Ascension (from 1986), circulated coins are also reported to be produced in 1991, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Prior to 1984, both Saint Helena (from 1973) and Ascension Island (from 1978) had issued non circulating commemorative coins separately but officially used British circulation coins. The St. Helena issued banknotes circulated alongside British coins and banknotes.
 
Commemorative coins
 
1978
 

KM#1a Crown (25 pence). Year: 1978. Weight: 28.69g [28.28g]. Metal: 0.925 Silver. Edge: Reeded. Diameter: 38.50 mm. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Pobjoy Mint. Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait facing right in the center. "ELIZABETH" written on the left side clock-wise. "THE SECOND" written on the right side clock-wise. Year "1978" at the bottom. "PM" mint mark on the left side, below Queen Elizabeth's neck. Reverse: Lion above Green Turtle in the center. "ASCENSION ISLAND" written above it. "1953 . 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION . 1978" written around with value "ONE CROWN" at the bottom.  Mintage: 70,000 + 25,000 Proof. Minted Years: One year type.

Note: This coin also exits in Copper-Nickel as KM#1 (Mintage: N/A) with same weight and diameter. KM#2 also exists is silver but the obverse side is of Isle of Man, making it a mule coin (Mintage: 367).

 
1984
 

KM#6 50 pence. Year: ND (1984). Weight: 28.43g [28.28g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Edge: Reeded. Diameter: 38.50 mm. Alignment: Medal. Mint: British Royal Mint. Obverse: Prince Andrew portrait in the center, facing left. "H.R.H. PRINCE ANDREW · ROYAL VISIT APRIL 1984" written around him. Reverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait facing right in the center with "QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ASCENSION ISLAND" written around her. Value "· 50 PENCE ·" at the bottom. Mintage: 125,000. Minted Years: One year type.

Note: This coin also exits in silver as KM#6a (Mintage: 5,000) with same weight and diameter.

 
2013
 

KM#26 2 Pounds. Year: 2013. Weight: 29.11g [28.47g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Edge: Reeded. Diameter: 38.60 mm. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Pobjoy Mint. Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait facing right in the center with "QUEEN ELIZABETH · II · 2013 ASCENSION ISLAND" written around her. Reverse: Ascension Island coats of Arms in the center. "CRAFTING OF ASCENSION ISLAND COAT OF ARMS" written around in upper section. Value "£2" written at the bottom. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley.

Note: This coin also exits in silver as KM#26a (Mintage: N/A) with same weight and diameter.

 
2014
 

One Crown (25 pence). Year: 2014. Weight: 28.69g [28.47g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Edge: Reeded. Diameter: 38.60 mm. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Pobjoy Mint. Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait facing right in the center with "QUEEN ELIZABETH · II · 2014 ASCENSION ISLAND" written around her. Reverse: Germany signing the Armistice for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front at Compiègne, France shown in the center. "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" written around in upper section. A Poppy flower is shown on the left side of the coin. Value "ONE CROWN" written at the bottom. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley. Subject: 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I.

Note: This coin exits in Cupro Nickel, Coloured Cupro Nickel, Proof Sterling Silver and Coloured Proof Sterling Silver with same weight and diameter.

In June 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo. An intensification of threats and deployment orders followed the incident which led to the outbreak of World War I. One of the most defining events of the 20th century, ‘The Great War’ as it is often known, remains a shocking reminder of the horrors of warfare. By the time World War I ended, more than 9 million soldiers had been killed and 21 million wounded. These remarkable coins, released in commemoration of the war, offer a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others. Marking this incredible anniversary, Pobjoy Mint’s highly collectable coins have the title ‘We Will Remember Them’ and reflect the more poignant stories of World War I. Each coin also features a Poppy as a symbol of remembrance – a tradition connected with WWI.

One Crown (25 pence). Year: 2014. Weight: 28.72g [28.47g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Edge: Reeded. Diameter: 38.60 mm. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Pobjoy Mint. Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait facing right in the center with "QUEEN ELIZABETH · II · 2014 ASCENSION ISLAND" written around her. Reverse: The cemetery at the Somme dedicated to those who fell in ‘The War To End All Wars’ shown in the center. "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" written around in upper section. A Poppy flower is shown on the right side of the coin. Value "ONE CROWN" written at the bottom. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley. Subject: 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I.

Note: This coin exits in Cupro Nickel, Coloured Cupro Nickel, Proof Sterling Silver and Coloured Proof Sterling Silver with same weight and diameter.

 
2015
 

One Crown (25 pence). Year: 2015. Weight: 28.64g [28.47g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Edge: Reeded. Diameter: 38.60 mm. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Pobjoy Mint. Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait facing right in the center with "QUEEN ELIZABETH · II · 2014 ASCENSION ISLAND" written around her. Reverse: Queen Elizabeth II portrait shown in the center. "HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II" written at the top section. Sandringham House at Norfolk, England in shown on left side of the coin. Value "ONE CROWN" written at the bottom. Mintage: N/A. Minted Years: One year type. Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley. Subject: Longest Reigning British Monarch.

Note: This coin also exits in Proof Sterling Silver with same weight and diameter.

On 09th September 2015, Her Majesty will pass the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to achieve the accolade of becoming the longest ever reigning Monarch in British History. To celebrate this major milestone Pobjoy Mint is proud to announce the release of a series of coins from four different Overseas Territories which commemorate the historical event of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the Longest Reigning British Monarch. This beautiful collector's coin itself features the 1957 portrait from the first televised Christmas Message with the Privy Mark of Sandringham from where the message was televised.

Queen Victoria came to the throne aged 18 and died in 1901 when she was 81. Buckingham Palace have calculated that Queen Victoria reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes – over 63 years. However, Queen Elizabeth II, who became Queen aged 25 in 1952, is set to enter the history books when she overtakes Queen Victoria in September. This is not the first record however as Her Majesty is already in the record books after becoming the longest living monarch and, according to the Guinness World Records, the Queen also holds the world record for most currencies featuring the same individual.

 
 
Note: Saint Helena & Ascension Island circulated coin set of 1984 can be seen under Saint Helena.
 
 
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