British Antarctic Territory 2014 - The Orca Whale - Proof Sterling Silver Coin

Product Code: L6704630

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Coin Highlights

  • 2014 Proof Sterling Silver £2 Coin
  • Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory
  • Issue: 10,000
  • Unique presentation box and certificate
  • Also available as Uncirculated Cupro Nickel


Orca Whales, also known as Killer Whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world’s most powerful predators.  Although they can be found in waters from the polar regions to the Equator, they usually frequent cold coastal waters.  It is therefore most appropriate that this stunning new collector's coin from Pobjoy Mint is being issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory.

A typical Orca Whale distinctively bears a black back, white chest and sides and a white patch above and behind the eye.  Calves are born with a yellowish or orange tint, which fades to white as they get older. Orca Whales are the largest existing members of the dolphin family with a male ranging from 6-8 metres / 20 to 26ft long and weighing in excess of 6 tonnes.  Orca whales are apex predators which means that they themselves have no natural predators.  They are sometimes called the ‘wolves of the sea’ because they hunt in groups like wolf packs.

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The design on this commemorative coin shows an adult female Orca with her calf swimming in the Antarctic waters with an iceberg in the background.  Available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver, each precious metal coin has been carefully struck four times and features frosted high relief sculpting against a mirror brilliant background.  The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. 

Metal Proof Sterling Silver £2
Diameter 38.60mm
Weight 28.28gms
Issue Limit 10,000

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