Pobjoy Mint announced the first 50 pence coin series on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government. The first coin in the new series features the Chinstrap Penguin.
The design on the coin itself features a male Chinstrap penguin screeching. The Pobjoy Mint exclusive Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse of the coin.
The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
The Penguins coins have been vastly popular with collectors and this very low issue limit series is sure to be no different. The series will be complimented with a limited edition silver coin series making this series even more special.
Situated about halfway between the southeast coast of Argentina and the Antarctic continent, South Georgia is often referred to as an Antarctic oasis, or “the Galapagos of the poles”, because of the huge numbers of Penguins that breed there. The Penguin is often regarded as the emblem of Antarctica, as Penguins are the most common birds in the Antarctic.
They live in such vast quantities that a population of some colonies can be larger than some cities with the total with the total number of breeding pairs in the Antarctic region estimated to be 20 million.
The Chinstrap Penguins are often referred to as “Stonebreaker Penguins” due to their screech being so piercing that it could break stones.
For more information, visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint.
Find out more about the chinstrap penguin with National Geographic.
You can find the coin in our Cosmos of Collectibles archive.
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