Centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Death: Endurance - 2022 Proof Sterling Silver 50p Coin - BAT
- 2022 Proof Sterling Silver Coin
- Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory
- Issue limit: 175
- Presented in an acrylic box with an outer sleeve certifying it's authenticity
- Also available in Unc. Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish
The Pobjoy Mint series of 50 pence coins featuring historical ships continues with a new coin produced on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory to commemorate the Centenary of the death of famous polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition, is often considered to be the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
The design on the coin features the Endurance, a three-masted barquentine in which Shackleton sailed for Antarctica on his 1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The Endurance was thought to be the ideal ship for an Antarctic Expedition as it was designed with great inherent strength in her hull in order to resist collision with ice floes and to break through pack ice by ramming and crushing. The ship was originally built in Norway for Adrien de Gerlache and Lars Christensen, who intended to use her for arctic polar cruises for tourists to hunt polar bears. However, financial trouble led to the sale of the ship to Ernest Shackleton. The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
|Government||British Antarctic Territory|
|Metal||Proof Sterling Silver|
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