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2016 South Georgia Silver £2 Minke Whale Proof

2016 South Georgia Silver £2 Minke Whale Proof

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Indigenous to South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, the Minke Whale has a distinctive white band on the upper side of each pectoral fin.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains .9092 oz of Silver.
  • Comes in the original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 10,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusive to Pobjoy Mint.
  • Reverse: Features a Minke whale swimming beneath the ocean with icebergs floating above.
  • Guaranteed by the British government.

This coin is a fantastic addition to any numismatic collection. Add this 2016 South Georgia Silver £2 Minke Whale Proof coin to your cart today!

For several years we have been featuring the wildlife that is indigenous to South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands on coins and this year we introduce the Minke Whale.

The Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is the smallest and most abundant of the rorqual whales. They have a sharply pointed snout straight mouth line and a long ridge along the head. Minke whales appear to be mainly solitary and are relatively fast swimmers. When they surface to breathe it is their snout that appears first. These whales can stay underwater for as long as 20 minutes.

Females are usually slightly longer than males. The body of a Minke whale is slender and very streamlined, the head is narrow and pointed. The small dorsal fin is usually strongly falcate (curved) and is a unique feature used to identify individual animals in the Hebrides. The dorsal fin and back are dark grey or black, the belly is bright white and there is a distinctive white band on the upper side of each pectoral (side) fin. Lifespan is estimated at around 40 to 50 years.

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