Crown Marks Referendum|
June 26, 2013
The Falkland Islands held a referendum March 10-11 to ascertain the views of the residents on the political status of their country.
The Falklands are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. They have their own constitution, own government and own local laws. The question posed was, “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom? – Yes or No”. It was a free and fair ballot; everyone was free to vote according to their beliefs.
The results were overwhelming. Some 92 percent of voters turned out with 99.8 percent expressing a desire to retain the status quo. Cristina Kirchner, President of Argentina, dismissed the result as a “parody”: “It’s like a consortium of squatters voting on whether they’re going to continue illegally occupying a building or not.”
For its part, the Falklands have celebrated by striking a new crown. The reverse shows the World Directions Signpost near Stanley erected by servicemen during the Falklands War.
Two versions of the 38.60 mm, 28.28 g coin are available: BU cupronickel and a sterling sliver proof. Mintages are unlimited and 10,000, respectively.
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