Whales, the king of the sea. These sociable, intelligent, beautiful and majestic creatures have long since captured the hearts and imaginations of many after once being hunted to the brink of extinction.
Now, wonderful work is being done around the world to protect the welfare of whales and enthusiasts collect memorabilia to pay homage to these wonderful animals.
With a new coin featuring the Pilot Whale due to be released in the coming months, we wanted to highlight some of our top picks from this series.
The Minke Whale - 2016 Proof Sterling Silver Coin
This Sterling Silver £2 coin was issued on behalf of South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands to showcase the beautiful Minke Whale which is indigenous to the area.
The Minke Whale is the smallest and most abundant of the rorqual whales and are generally seen singly. This coin depicts a Minke whale swimming beneath the ocean with icebergs floating above.
This design is also available in a 2016 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel Coin.
The Humpback Whale - 2015 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
Humpback whales are renowned for their incredible songs which travel huge distances across the oceans. These moans and howls are complex and can sometimes continue for hours on end with scientists believing the most likely explanation is that they sing to communicate with one another and to attract potential mates.
This commemorative coin features a design of a humpback whale breaching the Antarctic waters with an iceberg in the background.
This design is also available in a 2015 Proof Sterling Silver Coin.
The Blue Whale - South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2013 - Blue Titanium Coin
The Blue Whale is the largest creature ever to have lived on earth, but despite it’s size glides gracefully and peacefully through the water. This unique Blue Titanium Coin depicts this magnificent creature in its natural habitat and due to the limited production of this coin makes it the perfect collector's item.