165th Anniversary of Moby Dick: The Sperm Whale - 2016 Cupro Nickel Crown
- 2016 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel Crown
- Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory
- Issue: Unlimited
- Unique presentation pouch
- Also available as: Proof Sterling Silver
Described as the greatest piece of literature ever written in English we celebrate Moby Dick’s Sperm Whale with the release of a new coin commemorating the 165th anniversary of the publishing of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
The story, first published in London on October 18th 1851, tells the tale of the obsessive quest of Captain Ahab and the hunt for the albino Sperm Whale that destroyed his ship and severed his leg at the knee during a previous voyage. Whaling is, of course, the focus of Moby Dick, but it is said that this is simply a metaphor for existence.
The design on the coin features a sperm whale swimming in Antarctic waters with the sun shown setting behind the icebergs. The obverse of each coin features the new effigy design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
The Cupro Nickel coin is shipped in a unique Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch. The Silver version is encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.Show more
From the early eighteenth century through the late 20th, this species was a prime target of whalers. The head of the whale contains a liquid wax called spermaceti, from which the whale derives its name. Spermaceti was used in lubricants, oil lamps, and candles. Ambergris, a waste product from its digestive system, is still used as a fixative in perfumes. The species is now protected by a whaling moratorium, and is currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Sperm whales can be found anywhere in the open ocean and are easily recognised by their massive heads and prominent rounded foreheads. They have the largest brain of any creature known to have lived on Earth. They are also known to dive as deep as 1,000 metres in search of squid to eat and to accomplish this the whale has to hold their breath for up to 90 minutes.
Available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver. Each precious metal coin is struck four times to create the famous Pobjoy ‘proof’ finish.
|Government||British Antarctic Territory|
|Coin Metal||Cupro Nickel|
|Metal||Uncirculated Cupro Nickel Crown|
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