Voters in the United Kingdom on June 23 will have a chance to choose
whether the U.K. remains in the European Union.
Often described as Brexit, a combination of "British" and
"exit," the vote will determine whether the European Union
loses the United Kingdom as a member after 43 years. U.K. membership
in the European Economic Community, precursor to the EU, began in 1973.
The decision could have ramifications politically and economically,
with proponents and opponents promising varying degrees of
consequences for staying or leaving.
Connect with Coin World:
But for undecided voters, precious metals and coin dealer Chard has
created a commemorative “flipper” medal.
The company, based in Blackpool (in northern England) for more than
50 years, has issued the EU Referendum In or Out medals as an homage
to historic pieces from nearly 200 years ago.
The EU Referendum on June 23 will be “the most important decision
the UK voting population will make since we voted to join the European
Economic Community in 1975, yet many Britons are still undecided on
which way to vote,” the firm said.
Lawrence Chard, company director, said the firm decided to issue the
pieces just a few months ago because "[We’ve] seen a rise in
confidence in gold as a safe haven with small/medium investors who are
worried that, whatever the result, there could be devaluation, a
destabilization attack on the British pound or a collapse of the
He added, “We started questioning whether votes might be cast on the
toss of a coin. By spinning the IN/OUT coin you could cut through all
the spin that is being issued by both the IN and the OUT parties.”
The pieces are also an homage to brass imitation guinea jetons
issued from about 1790 to 1820, which were used as gaming counters and
Chard suggests that, for undecided voters, “spinning one of our
‘coins’ might be a better way to decide than listening to the
politicians on either side, and probably gives you a better chance of
making the right choice. You have a 50/50 chance of making the right
decision and it will be quicker and more efficient than trying to pore
through all the doomsday scenarios being uttered by the two opposing
The copper medal weighs 14 grams and measures 31 millimeters in diameter.
Individual pieces are available for £2.95 each, with quantity
discounts available for as few as 10 medals and as many as 1,000
medals. Orders above 100 pieces will require additional lead time to fill.
To learn more or order the medal, visit a special page on the dealer’s website.