Centenary of Shackeltons Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition - 2015 Cupro Nickel

Product Code: L4462400

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Coin Highlights

  • 2015 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel £2 Coin
  • Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory
  • Issue: 50,000
  • Unique presentation pouch
  • Also available in Proof Sterling Silver

Description

Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a new coin issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory which commemorates the Centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Conceived by Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition, is considered to be the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and attempted to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent.  This beautiful collector's coin shows the Endurance stuck in the Antarctic ice with a portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton carved into the iceberg in the foreground. 

Available in Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver, each precious metal coin has been carefully struck four times and features high relief sculpting against a mirror brilliant background.The obverse carries an effigy of Her Majesty of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.  

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Shackleton’s plan was to sail in his ship Endurance to the Weddell Sea and land a shore party near Vahsel Bay in preparation for a transcontinental march through the South Pole to the Ross Sea. The Expedition set sail in 1914, but Endurance became beset in the ice of the Weddell Sea and, despite all efforts to free it, the ship drifted northward and held in the pack ice throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915.  Eventually the ship was crushed and sank, stranding the crew on the ice.  After spending months in makeshift camps, the crew used lifeboats to reach the uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five other crew members then made an open boat journey of 800 miles to South Georgia from where they were able to mount a rescue of the remaining men and bring them home without loss of life.

Metal Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
Diameter 38.60mm
Weight 28.28gms
Issue Limit 50,000

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