The Falkland Islands are reportedly the “penguin capital of the
world” because of the more than 1 million flightless birds that call
the islands home.
To celebrate the status, the Pobjoy Mint has launched a new Penguin
coin series. The first coins also celebrate the Pobjoy Mint’s first striking of Falkland Islands
circulating coins in nearly 10 years.
In 2017 Pobjoy will mint a set of four 50-penny coins depicting
indigenous penguins in color, beginning with a coin for the rockhopper penguin.
Rockhopper penguins are remarkable creatures reaching about half a
meter tall and weighing no more than 2.7 kilograms. These tiny
penguins take their name from the rocky shorelines where they nest in
tussocks of tall grasses. The rockhopper in appearance looks similar
to other penguins but is easily distinguishable by
the black and yellow spikey plume on its head. When you look closer
you can see a few other differences, including red eyes and pink
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Indigenous to the Falklands, these penguins live on a diet of krill
and small crustaceans and sometimes go hunting for days at a time.
They can dive to depths of 100 meters to catch their prey and stay
down for several minutes before surfacing to take a breath.
Last minted in 1909, Indian Head cent still a
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When rockhoppers come back to shore they often have to navigate
their way up a cliff face; they either climb or ride a wave and try to
land at the top. This can be incredibly dangerous for the penguin as
sharp rocks and pounding waves can maim and even kill.
Despite the rockhopper being one of the world’s most numerous
penguins, since the early 20th century the number of rockhoppers has
decreased by 90 percent and they are now considered “vulnerable” by
The reverse features an adult rockhopper, a quirky penguin with its
signature hairstyle. The rockhopper is depicted with its wings raised,
poised in a position the penguin takes before it hops.
The obverse features a new and exclusive effigy design of Queen
The copper-nickel coin weighs 8 grams, measures 27.3 millimeters in
diameter, and has a mintage limit of 7,500 pieces. The coin retails
for $11.95 each.
A collector’s pack, intended to hold examples of all four coins, is
also available, for $6.
To order, visit the Pobjoy Mint website.