Introducing for 2020, a NEW 50p Penguin Series

The First Coin in Our New Penguin 50p Series is Out Now!

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the first coin in our new 50p Penguin Series on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government. This stunning new series will be a 4 coin series, with the first coin featuring the Chinstrap Penguin. 

Our stunning new 50 pence coin features a single adult Chinstrap Penguin. This stunning news series is available in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish with each Penguin being portrayed in colour. A certificate of authenticity will also be provided with each coin. The obverse of the coin features the Pobjoy Mint Exclusive Effigy of Her Majesty Quen Elizabeth II.

About the Chinstrap Penguin:

The Chinstrap Penguin is instantly recognisable by the black band that runs underneath their head; this narrow black band gives the Chinstrap its name and makes it appear as if it were wearing a black helmet, thus making the Penguin very easy to identify. 

Chinstrap Penguins are considered to be very social animals, and during the breeding season, are known to gather in enormous colonies onshore. The largest colony on the uninhabited South Sandwich Islands of Zavodovski hosts approximately 1.2 million breeding pairs. They have many noted forms of communication including flipper and head waving, bowing and preening. 

These penguins often have to be wary of natural predators such as Leopard Seals, Sea Lions, Orcas and Sharks.

Fun Facts about the Chinstrap Penguin:

  1. Chinstrap Penguins are often referred to as "Stonebreaker Penguins" due to their screech being so piercing that it could break stones
  2. They are one of the most aggressive species of Penguins  
  3. They live for approximately 20 years
  4. There are an estimated 7 million Chinstrap Penguins in the world today. 
  5. Chinstrap Penguins are generally monogamous, returning to the same mate every year