South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2013 - The Blue Whale - Blue Titanium Coin
- 2013 Blue Titanium £2 coin
- Issued on behalf of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- Issue: 5,000
- Exclusive presentation box and certificate
- Also available in Proof Sterling Silver and Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
LAST REMAINING PIECES FROM THE WHOLE ISSUE!!!
Once a familiar sight in the waters around South Georgia and the Southern Sandwich Islands the Blue Whale is the feature of a new highly collectable coin, released by Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
Celebrating this magnificent creature, the coin has been issued in blue titanium and shows a blue whale swimming in the sea with her calf whilst the sun’s rays penetrate the water.
The use of the blue titanium is doubly fitting for this coin – the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is so named due to its blue appearance whilst underwater. Titanium itself is renowned for its excellent resistance to seawater, adding another exceptional link to this special coin with its association to the sea and marine life.
Due to the difficulty of striking titanium, the metal is as strong as steel but 45% lighter, each coin in this series is truly exclusive as no two titanium coins are exactly the same. Each collector's coin also features a lined effect that is present as a result of the unmistakeable qualities of titanium.Show more
An impressive coin to reflect a truly exceptional creature
Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. Measuring up to 100 feet (30 metres) long and weighing almost 200 tons they can consume quantities of up to 4 tons of tiny shrimplike krill each day. Between 10,000 and 25,000 blue whales are believed to still swim the world's oceans, although aggressive whaling in the 1900s drove them to the brink of extinction until 1966 when they came under protection with the International Whaling Commission.
Amongst the earth’s longest-living animals, scientists estimate the average lifespan of a blue whale at around 80 to 90 years, although the oldest whale identified was aged at more than 110 years old. With no real natural predators besides man, these creatures cruise our oceans at over five miles an hour but can accelerate to speeds greater than 20 miles an hour where necessary. Blue whales are also amongst the planet’s loudest animals, and it is thought that in good conditions, blue whales can hear each other up to 1,000 miles away.
This beautiful collector's coin reflects the underwater elegance of this mighty animal – its unique qualities due to the difficulty of striking titanium which means that no two titanium coins are exactly the same also illustrate the rarity of this incredible collector’s piece and the blue whale itself. These coins are also available as proof sterling silver and uncoated cupro nickel.
The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. Ian Rank-Broadley is one of the foremost sculptors working today. His effigy of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on all UK coinage since 1998 and the Pobjoy Mint has exclusive use of the ‘uncouped’ effigy that appears on the obverse of these coins.
Only 5,000 blue titanium £2 coins have been struck and collectors will receive their coin in a special presentation box complete with certificate.
|Government||South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands|
|Coin Effect||Fifty Pence|
|Metal||990 Blue Titanium £2|
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