The Pobjoy Mint has issued £2 coins featuring the spectacled porpoise
for the South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.
One design is available in either Uncirculated copper-nickel or
Proof .925 fine silver versions.
The spectacled porpoise, a rarely seen member of the porpoise
family, is believed to be found near the cool sub-Antarctic waters and
has been seen off South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean.
The species is easily distinguished from other porpoises by a
characteristic dark ring around the eyes that is commonly surrounded
by a light ring, which combines to resemble spectacles, giving the
animals their name.
The spectacled porpoise has distinctive black and white markings –
black above and white underneath – with a white stripe on the upper
surface of the tail. They are fast, active swimmers and normally
avoid boats, which is why so little is known about this particular
species. The total population is also unknown and therefore the
species is listed as a Threatened Species.
The reverse of the coin features a spectacled porpoise in the
foreground with a mother and her calf in the background. The obverse
features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Both coins weigh 28.28 grams and measure 38.6 millimeters in
The copper-nickel £2 coin has an unlimited mintage and costs $16.95.
The silver £2 coin is limited to a 10,000-coin mintage and costs $89.
For more information or to order the coins, visit the Pobjoy Mint website or
telephone the Mint at 877-476-2569.