More than 1 million penguins call the Falkland Islands home.
The final of four coins from the Falkland Islands in a 2017
program honoring these aquatic birds is now available from the Pobjoy
The Magellanic penguin is the fourth subject of the
four-coin Indigenous Penguins set, showing the birds in color on
The reverse of the new coin features an
adult Magellanic penguin swimming out to sea with its head breaking
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The obverse features the exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy design of
Queen Elizabeth II.
The Magellanic penguin, or Spheniscus
magellanicus, named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, is a
penguin indigenous to the Falkland Islands, where individuals nest in
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In appearance, they are similar to a Humboldt penguin, with black
bodies, white abdomens and with two black bands between the head and
the chest. Their heads are black with a white stripe running across
their eyebrows. In the wild, these penguins can live to around 25
Magellanic penguins are monogamous, remaining
faithful to one partner throughout their life. Similarly to other
penguins, Magellanic penguins take turns with their mates to incubate
their eggs while the other swims out to sea to feed.
fish populations have become further and further from penguin nesting
grounds, partners are starving before they can reunite. This, in
addition to other environmental issues such as oil spills, has
resulted in a decline of about 20 percent in 20 years within some
colonies and these penguins are now considered “near
The Magellanic Penguin coin weighs 8 grams
and measures 27.30 millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of
7,500 pieces and retails for $11.95.
A colorful folder
that can hold all four coins in the series is available for $7.
To order the coins, or for more information, visit the
Pobjoy Mint website.