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