Celebrating International Polar Year: Ernest Shackleton - 2007 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
- 2007 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel £2 Coin
- Issued on behalf of South Georgia and Sandwich Islands
- Issue: Unlimited
- Unique presentation pouch
On three occasions over the past 125 years, scientists from around the world have joined forces for a massive research project focused on the Arctic and Antarctic. March 2007 sees the start of the fourth such International Polar Year and to celebrate Pobjoy Mint has produced this stunning ommemorative coin from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The new coin features Sir Ernest Shackleton. This celebrated polar explorer has strong links with South Georgia. He first arrived in the region after being shipwrecked (his ship, Endurance, was crushed in ice) while on a trans-Antarctic expedition. His book, South, is a record of that particular trip.
The coin features the great man, Shackleton, himself. This is a rare chance to own a stunning coins depicting an area of the globe that is so often in our news thanks to negative stories concerning climate change. Why not show your support for the positive scientific work happening in the area during the fourth International Polar Year by adding these two coins to your collection?Show more
Shackleton returned to South Georgia in 1921, this time sailing on The Quest. But his stay was to be of a more permanent nature this time. He died aboard ship and is buried in South Georgia overlooking the harbour.
As one of the region’s most famous sons, it’s no surprise that Shackleton’s the subject of the coin. The first in this celebratory set depicts him and his crew stranded aboard an ice floe. It’s New Years Eve 1914 and, with the absence of any sort of other celebrations, the crew are being entertained by the captivating Aurora Australis – the bright glow observed in the night sky in polar regions.
|Coin Year||2005 - 2009|
|Government||South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands|
|Coin Metal||Cupro Nickel Coins|
|Metal||Uncirculated Cupro Nickel £2 Coin|
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