Crabeater Seal - 2017 Blue Titanium Coin

Product Code: L1171600

AFTER THE DEVASTATING NEWS CAUSED BY HURRICANE IRMA THAT HAS AFFECTED THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS AMONG MANY OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS, POBJOY MINT WILL BE DONATING 20% OF THE SALE VALUE OF ALL SILVER PROOF AND CUPRO NICKEL COINS ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BVI TO A FUND THAT HAS BEEN SET UP BY THE ISLANDS GOVERNMENT. YOUR HELP WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE ISLANDERS.

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Coin Highlights

  • 2017 Blue 990 Titanium Coin
  • Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory
  • Issue: 7,500
  • Unique presentation box and certificate
  • Also available as: Uncirculated Cupro Nickel

Description

Pobjoy Animal coins are always a popular collectable and those with a £2 value seem to be particularly desirable. This coin features a mother seal and her pup resting on the pack ice while the father leaves to hunt. The coin is issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory and production is limited to 7,500 Blue Titanium and 10,000 Unc. Cupro Nickel.

Titanium reacts differently with every strike, so each Titanium Crabeater coin is technically different and varies slightly in colour. There is also a lined effect that is present on the coins which is unique to this metal. The obverse features the Pobjoy exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II in exceptional detail.

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The Crabeater seal or Lobodon carcinophaga is found in a circumpolar distribution around the coast of Antarctica and is a mammal that despite its name does not feed on crabs. Its diet does include other crustaceans such as Krill which the seal, with their specially adapted sieve like teeth, are very proficient at hunting. The Crabeater Seal is by far the world’s most abundant seal and there are well over 7 million individuals.

Crabeaters move in a similar fashion to snakes and can reach speeds of 26kph on land over short distances. In the water they can swim at speeds of up to 12kmh and cover over 60km in a day. They congregate on the ice in groups of up to 1,000 individuals and in the water can be found swimming in unison in groups of several hundred.

Metal 990 Blue Titanium
Diameter 36.10mm
Weight 10.00gms
Issue Limit 7,500

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