Ninth release in the Australian Antarctic Territory Series. This coin features a colored image of Emperor Penguins and two chicks standing on ice floes, which appear within the outline of Antarctica.
Mintage of only 7,500!
The Perth ‘P’ mintmark is included in the design by Wade Robinson. The background incorporates the outline of the Antarctic continent bordered by the inscriptions 2012 –Emperor Penguin and ‘Australian Antarctic Territory’. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse.
Each coin is housed in a blue-colored presentation case, which comes within a stylish outer shipper. A numbered CoA accompanies each coin.
The Emperor Penguin, a species popularly depicted in the Happy Feet movies, distinguished by a bright red-orange bill and white eye patches, the Emperor Penguin is the largest of 17 penguin species, the deepest diver of any bird, and the only animal to winter on Antarctica's open ice. In order to survive the biting cold, Emperor Penguins are very social creatures that huddle together to conserve warmth. Each penguin spends time in the middle of the huddle to stay warm, but accepts when it is his time to move to the perimeter.
Female Emperors lay a single egg in autumn before heading to sea to hunt krill and squid. Depending on the extent of the ice pack, they may be forced to trek long distances to reach the ocean. During the separation, males envelop the egg in a brood pouch above their feet.
By the time the eggs hatch, male Emperors have not eaten for several months. When the females return with food for their chicks, hungry fathers head to sea. From then on both parents attend the young. In summer, when the ice around the breeding colony breaks up, the young learn to swim and fish by themselves.