Product Code: L4462700
For several years, we have been featuring the wildlife that is indigenous to South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands on coins and this year we introduce the Minke Whale.
The Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is the smallest and most abundant of the rorqual whales. They have a sharply pointed snout straight mouthline and a long ridge along the head. Minke whales appear to be mainly solitary and are relatively fast swimmers. When they surface to breathe it is their snout that appears first. These whales can stay underwater for as long as 20 minutes.
The design on the coin shows a Minke whale swimming beneath the ocean with icebergs floating above. The obverse of each coin features the new effigy design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
Females are usually slightly longer than males. The body of a minke whale is slender and very streamlined; the head is narrow and pointed. The small dorsal fin is usually strongly falcate (curved) and is a unique feature used to identify individual animals in the Hebrides. The dorsal fin and back are dark grey or black, the belly is bright white and there is a distinctive white band on the upper side of each pectoral (side) fin. Lifespan is estimated at around 40 to 50 years.
The coin is available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver.
|Metal||Uncirculated Cupro Nickel £2|
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