A group of emperor penguins swimming in the Antarctic waters is right
at home on a colorful cool-blue titanium coin.
Appropriately enough, the coins showing the parade of penguins are
minted in the name of the British Antarctic Territory. The group
frolics on an ice pack, sliding into the sea on the reverse design
from the Pobjoy Mint. In addition to the .990 fine titanium £2 coin,
the emperor penguin design is available also on Uncirculated
copper-nickel £2 and Proof .925 fine silver £2 coins.
The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes Forsteri) is the tallest and
heaviest of all living penguin species and is unique to Antarctica.
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It is also the only bird to inhabit the open ice of Antarctica
during the winter, trekking 50 to 120 kilometers (about 31 to 75
miles) over the ice to breeding colonies. The male and female are
similar in plumage and size, with black dorsal sides and head, a white
belly, pale yellow breast and bright yellow ear patches. The female
lays a single egg that is incubated by the male while the female
returns to the sea to feed.
The obverse of the coins carries the Pobjoy Mint’s exclusive effigy
of Queen Elizabeth II.
Titanium is exceptionally difficult to strike and because of the way
the colored titanium reacts when striking, no two titanium coins are
exactly the same. The lined effect also present on the coins is unique
to this metal, according to the Pobjoy Mint.
The silver and titanium coins are encapsulated each in an acrylic
capsule for protection, and each capsule is housed in a red box with a
certificate of authenticity.
The copper-nickel coin is shipped in a Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch.
The titanium coin weighs 10 grams and measures 36.1 millimeters in
diameter. It has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces and retails for $69.
The copper-nickel and the silver coins both weigh 28.28 grams and
measure 38.6 millimeters in diameter.
The copper-nickel coin has an unlimited mintage and retails for
$16.95. The silver coin is limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces and
retails for $65.
To order, or for more information about these coins, visit the
Pobjoy Mint website.