Product Code: L4C654N1
The Falkland Islands refer to themselves as the Penguin Capital of the World as more than 1 million penguins nest on the Islands throughout the year. This is why we have decided to produce a set of four beautiful indigenous penguins in stunning Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish. These fully coloured 50 pence shaped coins are also part of a set that can be housed in a distinctive new collector’s pack (Please note that the pack is sold separately!).
The design features an adult Southern Rockhopper, a quirky penguin with a signature hairstyle making this coin attractive to animal lovers and numismatics alike. The Rockhopper Penguin is depicted with its wings raised, poised in the position they take before they hop. The obverse features a new & exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Rockhopper Penguins are remarkable creatures reaching about half a metre tall and weighing no more than 2.7kg. These tiny penguins take their name from the rocky shore-lines where they nest in tall grasses called Tussocks. The Rockhopper in appearance looks similar to other penguins but are easily distinguishable by the black and yellow spikey plume upon their heads. When you look closer you can see a few other differences including red eyes and pink webbed feet.
Next Issues: Gentoo Penguin (June 2017), King Penguin (August 2017), Magellanic Penguin (October 2017).
Indigenous to the Falklands these penguins live on a diet of krill and small crustaceans and sometimes go hunting for days at a time. They can dive to depths of 100 metres to catch their prey and stay down for several minutes without taking a breath. When Rockhoppers come back to shore they often have to navigate their way up a cliff face; they either climb or ride a wave and try to land at the top. This can be incredibly dangerous for the penguin as sharp rocks and pounding waves can maim and even kill!
Despite the Rockhopper being one of the world’s most numerous penguins, since the early 20th century the number of Rockhopper has decreased by 90% and they are now considered ‘Vulnerable’ This is most probably due to human activity such as overfishing and pollution damaging their food supply.
|Metal||Coloured Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish 50p Coin|
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