Robert Falcon Scott was an intrepid polar explorer, one of the handful
of heroes venerated for their daring adventures at either the North or
died on March 29, 1912, during the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition of
1910 to 1913, on the way home from the South Pole.
and his party of five reached the South Pole Jan. 17, 1912, only to
find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian expedition.
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journey proved perilous. Though the explorers did discover evidence
that Antarctica was once forested, some 150 miles from base camp and a
mere 11 miles from the next depot Scott and his companions died from a
combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.
was the fateful end to a life that included a career in the English
Royal Navy and a successful expedition to the Antarctic nearly a
decade prior, in the Discovery Expedition of 1901 to 1904. During the
earlier venture, Scott set a new southern record by marching to
latitude 82°S and discovered the Polar Plateau, on which the South
Pole is located.
feat earned Scott and other members the Royal Geographical Society Medal.
medal’s obverse shows Scott on the obverse with inscriptions related
to the expedition. The reverse shows the explorer in Antarctic dress
standing in front of a sledge being packed by a kneeling figure, SS
Discovery in the ice and a sledge party in the distance.
was honored in similar fashion by numerous organizations, and a rich
if rare numismatic legacy recalls the Age of Explorers.