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2017 Falkland Islands Cupro-Nickel Penguin Series (Gentoo)

2017 Falkland Islands Cupro-Nickel Penguin Series (Gentoo)

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The second release in a new Penguin series from Pobjoy Mint, this limited mintage coin features a Gentoo penguin and her two chicks.

Coin Highlights:
  • Sold out at mint.
  • Cupro-Nickel composition with a diamond finish.
  • Packaged in protective packaging.
  • 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.

Display your Gentoo 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 Gentoo coin to your cart today!

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.

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