Sold out at the mint! This endearing coin features a Rockhopper penguin and is the first coin of a 50 pence 4-coin set to be minted in 2017.
- Sold out at the mint!
- Cupro-Nickel composition with a diamond finish.
- Packaged in plastic flips.
- Mintage of only 7,500 coins.
- Obverse: Displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusive to Pobjoy Mint.
- Reverse: Features a full color adult Rockhopper. The Rockhopper is depicted with its wings raised, poised in a position the penguin takes before it hops.
- Minted on behalf of the South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands by Pobjoy Mint.
Display your Rockhopper Penguin coin in style in this collector's album from Pobjoy Mint.
This coin is a fantastic addition to any numismatic collection. Add this 2017 Falkland Islands Cupro-Nickel Penguin Series (Rockhopper) coin to your cart today!
Rockhopper Penguins are remarkable creatures reaching about half a meter tall and weighing no more than 2.7kg. These tiny penguins take their name from the rocky shore-lines where they nest in tall grasses called Tussocks.
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 without taking a breath. 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 Rockhopper has decreased by 90% and they are now considered "Vulnerable". This is most probably due to human activity such as overfishing and pollution damaging their food supply.
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.