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Ascension coin toasts The Iron Lady… in silver

thatcher-580x283Ascension Island has issued a special £2 coin to mark the passing of Baroness Thatcher, the former UK prime minister who sent a task force to the South Atlantic to wrest the Falklands from Argentine invaders.

ascension-island-thatcher-l-300x371Wideawake Airfield on Ascension briefly became the world’s busiest airport during the conflict, with aircraft parked wing-to-wing in every available space.

A set of four stamps was also issued on 14 June 2013 – Liberation Day in the Falklands, marking the 31st anniversary of the Argentinian surrender.

As Mrs Thatcher, she stopped over on Ascension and visited The Residency – home of the island’s administrator – en route to visit the Falklands after the victory.

The Coin Update website reports that 10,000 of the silver coins have been issued by Pobjoy Mint, along with an unlimited number of nickel coins.

LINKS: 
Ascension Island coin remembers Lady Thatcher
Ascension Island – Lady Thatcher stamps

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