Pobjoy Mint announces the second 50 pence coin in the new series on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government. The second coin in the series features the Gentoo Penguin. 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 making this series even more special.
The origins of the Gentoo Penguin’s name is now unfortunately lost to time. Gentoo was an Anglo-Indian term to distinguish Hindus from Muslims, with the English term potentially originating from the Portuguese ‘gentil’.
However, despite the origins being unknown, the Gentoo Penguin is still easily recognisable by the wide white stripe that extends like a bonnet across the top of its head as well as its bright orange bill.
The design on the coin itself features a single Gentoo penguin walking across the ice. The Pobjoy Mint exclusive Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse of the coin.
For more information, visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint.
Find out more about the Gentoo penguin with National Geographic.
And here you can marvel at the first coin of this series: the Chinstrap Penguin.