Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 02:57 UTC

Collector’s coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Falklands ‘Governor’s Cup’

The Falkland Islands Government have released a collector’s coin which marks the 100th meeting of the Stanley Sports Association, the annual Horse racing event of the season that has taken place since 1908 on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.

More than a celebration coin, a symbol of the Falklands

In 1909 it was decided a new location was needed and land behind Sullivan House was offered for the purpose, and this location has been the site of the current Stanley Racecourse.

During the inaugural year, Governor Allardyce pledged a silver cup for a race to be run over 700 yards, this became known as the “Governors Cup” and it is still today, the most coveted event on the program. Several other prestigious races have been generously sponsored by the same families for almost a century.

With the exception of cancellations during World War I (1914) and World War II, the meeting has been staged every year. Since the Victory Meeting of March 1947, the Stanley Sports Association has continued to stage this important annual event on the Falklands social calendar.

The popularity of the races increased rapidly and the 1910 meeting became a two day event with 15 mounted events on the first day and 18 foot events on the second with more sponsored races appearing soon after. In recent years, the annual Race Meetings were expanded into three day events with the third day dedicated to gymkhana and fun events.

Over the years, as entries in the horse races have dwindled, with motorbikes replacing them as an everyday form of transport on farms, the only thing that has disrupted racing in the last 104 years has been war, and an occasional postponement due to the weather. So, as long as there is a dedicated team of organizers, and horses to be ridden, you can rest assured there will be a gathering of like-minded folk enjoying a Falklands post-Christmas tradition that has spanned more than a century.

For more information on the “Governor’s Cup” and Falklands’ sports, a book recently launched, “The Christmas Sports” written by Patrick Watts MBE is most recommendable. Patrick not only did all the research with help from the locals, including Nick and Sheila Hadden but was the official race commentator for the past 40 years of the event. Sheila Hadden with Sinfonia was the first woman to win the ‘Governor’s Cup’ in 1953.

The charming reverse design of the coin includes a depiction of a Horse’s head, reins attached – ready for entry into the Governor’s Cup. Along the primary design, the text “STANLEY SPORTS ASSOCIATION” placed to the left half with “100TH RACE MEETING” along the right half. The obverse includes the commemorative effigies of HM Queen Elizabeth II introduced during her Diamond Jubilee year, which includes the conjoined images of the Queen as she first appeared on British coinage as well as her current image. The coin’s year of issue “2012” also appears on the obverse.

Struck by the Pobjoy Mint, UK in both sterling silver and cupro-nickel, the coin has a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm. A total of 10,000 silver pieces has been authorized while the cupro-nickel strike is unlimited.

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1 Marcos Alejandro (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 03:47 am Report abuse
They have released a collector’s coin, the broke oil investors in Malvinas have released “The remake of Titanic”

2 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 04:02 am Report abuse
Beautiful coin, with a REAL history, continuity, and culture of the Falkland Islands.

Far far better than that quickly devaluing tin trinket that Argentina issued to celebrate their humiliating loss to a smaller British force, in 1982.

This coin even gets the names of the islands correct - The Falklands!!
3 Teaboy2 (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 09:11 am Report abuse
@1 LOl isn't that the cartoon version of the sinking of belgrado in 1982! - Don't you does love it when an argentine joke back fires on them lol!
4 J.A. Roberts (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 10:15 am Report abuse
At least it's worth something Marcos, unlike the peso or austal or whatever you Argies call your worthless currency these days...
5 Orbit (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 11:16 am Report abuse
@1 How's the YPF graph these days MA? How's fund raising going, or should I ask how is fund raising from the private sector going, as it would seem the government are the ones buying YPF debt. Do you think that model is sustainable MA?
6 Raven (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 11:31 am Report abuse

It's certainly a superior coin to one that ''celebrates''(?!) a failed invasion.
7 reality check (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 11:32 am Report abuse
Like one of the other guys says, the iconography of his work, suggests the sinking of the Belgrano. Not his intention, no doubt!
8 stick up your junta (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 02:00 pm Report abuse

the drawing of the little man,did you find it hard to do or did you get a little help from your mum
9 ChrisR (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 08:09 pm Report abuse
NO! You have got it all wrong!

The RGs WON the Malvinas war, we WON the Falklands War.

BTW MA it's not a periscope. That is the rudder stem of the upturned Belgrano going to the bottom to win the Malvinas war for RG. I think the rudder was blown off in the excitement of winning for once. What has Father Christmas got to do with it, you know, the figure in red?

Ha, ha, ha.
10 Joe Bloggs (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 10:35 pm Report abuse

Yes, yes Herr Flick. Whatever.
11 Islander1 (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:28 pm Report abuse
Marcos- What broke oil investors Please clarify and explain? I live here and know of none! Maybe you know of an Arg who was stupid enough to invest his every peso in YPF - he would be probabaly broke!! No doubt some folks here ahve lost some money on Desire - if they were stupid and did not sell enough shares at a high price to cover the cost of their initial investment. If anyone was that stupid - well serves them right I guess! That is the risk of the stock market!
But please tell me if we are all broke - who and what is this company called Premiere that is investing severel billion dollars over the next 5 years- and several millions coming from RKH as well.
What are FOGL and Borders who drilled in the South basin doing? - investing several millions now and next year on further detailed seismic work to enhance their area knowledge to define where to drill next?
You do live in a fantasy land!!!!!!!!!!!

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