As most World Mint News Blog readers know, the Pobjoy Mint is a private company in the United Kingdom that produces circulating and collector coinage on behalf of governments, central banks, and major companies worldwide.
One entity with which Pobjoy has had a long-standing arrangement, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), was among the many places hit by Hurricane Irma last weekend. The British Overseas Territory, which is part of the Caribbean archipelago east of Puerto Rico, consists of the following islands: Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke (in addition to 50 other smaller islands and cays). The islands have a total population of about 22,000, of whom approximately 18,000 live on Tortola.
In its efforts to assist in the area’s recovery, Pobjoy has issued the following statement:
Hurricane Irma—a category 5 hurricane—passed through the British Virgin Islands on 6 September at around 2pm AST. The hurricane directly hit the Territory and whilst we are currently unaware of the full extent of the damage, it is evident that the Islands have been severely impacted.
As the official mint of the British Virgin Islands our thoughts and prayers here at Pobjoy Mint are with the islanders, their families, and our Caribbean friends, who have been affected. The Pobjoy family regularly visits the British Virgin Islands and personally know the buildings and the areas that have been devastated.
To try and offer some relief to the affected islanders, Pobjoy Mint will be donating 20% of the sale value of all Proof Silver and Cupro Nickel coins (retail and wholesale) issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands, to a fund that has been set up by the Islands Government.
All British Virgin Island legal tender coins can be found at the below link. Any help will be much appreciated by the islanders.
Here at WMNB, our hearts are with all who were adversely affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and we encourage all our readers to support the relief efforts.