The second release in a new Penguin series from Pobjoy Mint, this limited mintage coin features a Gentoo penguin and her two chicks.
- 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 an adult Gentoo Penguin culled with its two chicks sitting on a rocky mountain top.
- Minted on behalf of the South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands by Pobjoy Mint.
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The Gentoo Penguin is one of about three penguins within three species in the genus Pygosceli found on the Falkland Islands and around the Antarctic. They are recognizable by a white strip across the top of their head and a bright orange bill. They also have one of the largest tails among all penguins species.
The penguin is renowned for its waddle and its sweeping tail that moves side to side when it walks. Its scientific name actually means rump-tailed! Gentoo penguins grow quite large and are actually the third largest species. The males reach a height of 90 cm and weight of about 8.5 kg. They sustain themselves primarily on a diet of krill, crustaceans and fish which they catch with ease due to their top swimming speed of 22mph.
It is estimated that the current population of the Gentoo is around 300,000 breeding pairs so they are not classified as endangered, however some populations have fallen by around two thirds over the last 25 years. Predators of the Gentoo include Sea Lions, Leopard Seals and Killer Whales. They also have their eggs stolen by hungry sea birds.
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.