145th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Ernest Shackleton - 2019 Proof Sterling Silver Coin
- 2019 Proof Sterling Silver £2 Crown Coin
- Issued on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Issue: 2,000
- Unique presentation box and certificate
- Also available as: Unc. Cupro Nickel
Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a 2019 coin on behalf of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands which commemorates the birth of the famous explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
To commemorate the 145th Anniversary of his birth and also the 115th Anniversary of being awarded the Royal Geographical Society Silver Medal in 1904, the design on the coin is based upon the Silver medal which shows an Antarctic scene with members of the sledging party, the ship and a sledge. Penguins and seals can be seen in the plinth below.
The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.Show more
Born on 15th February 1874, Sir Ernest Shackleton wanted to be an explorer from a very early age, inspired by faraway places that he had read about as a boy. At the age of 16, bored by the school curriculum, he went to work in the Merchant Navy. His big break came when he was 27 years old when he was selected to join Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition. Departing England on 31st July 1901, it was the first major British exploration of the Antarctic for sixty years. This expedition ended prematurely for Shackleton as he was sent home early on account of ill health. He did however receive the Royal Geographical Society Silver Medal for his involved. Shackleton did not let this deter him and he became the most decorated of all polar explorers, being awarded more than 40 medals and awards.
|Government||South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands|
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