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2016 British Antarctic Terr Silver £2 Moby Dick's Sperm Whale Prf

2016 British Antarctic Terr Silver £2 Moby Dick's Sperm Whale Prf

Moby Dick is described as the greatest piece of literature ever written in English. The Pobjoy Mint celebrates Moby Dick’s Sperm Whale with the release of a coin commemorating the 165th anniversary of the publishing of Herman Melville’s work.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .9092 oz of .925 fine Silver.
  • Comes in an acrylic capsule and presented in an original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 10,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusive to Pobjoy Mint.
  • Reverse: Features a sperm whale swimming in Antarctic waters with the sun shown setting behind the icebergs.
  • Guaranteed by the British government.

This coin is a fantastic addition to any numismatic collection. Add this Silver Moby Dick Sperm Whale coin to your cart today!

The story, first published in London on October 18th, 1851, tells the tale of the obsessive quest of Captain Ahab and the hunt for the albino Sperm Whale that destroyed his ship and severed his leg at the knee during a previous voyage. Whaling is, of course, the focus of Moby Dick, but it is said that this is simply a metaphor for existence.

The Pobjoy Mint has been a leader in innovative coin design and craftsmanship for more than 50 years. Derek Pobjoy started the private mint in 1965, coming from a background in jewelry. The first coins minted were commemorative Sterling Silver and Gold coins in memory of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, which launched the mint into becoming a huge success.

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.

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