Orca whales, also known as "killer whales," are the largest
of the dolphins and one of the world’s most powerful predators.
They’re now on coins from the Pobjoy Mint and the British
The 2014 Orca Whale coins were
issued in Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel and Proof .925 fine
silver versions, both denominated £2.
Although orca whales can be found in waters from the polar regions
to the equator, they usually frequent cold coastal waters.
A typical orca whale distinctively bears a black back, white chest
and sides and a white patch above and behind the eye. Calves are born
with a yellowish or orange tint, which fades to white as they get older.
Orca whale males range from 20 to 26 feet long and weigh in excess
of six tons. Orcas have no natural predators. They are sometimes
called “wolves of the sea” because they hunt in groups like wolf packs.
The reverse of the coin shows an adult female orca with her calf
swimming in the Antarctic waters with an iceberg in the background.
The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by
Both coins weigh 28.28 grams and measure 38.6 millimeters in diameter.
The copper-nickel coin has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces and
costs $16.95. The silver coin has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces and
is issued at $89.
For more information or to order the coins, visit the company's website or
telephone the Pobjoy Mint at 877-476-2569.