South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands issued this unusual blue titanium coin depicting are a Blue Whale and her calf. The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to exist. Titanium is prized in the aerospace industry due to its strength and light weight.  It has rarely been used in coinage due to the expense and difficulty in working with the metal. This blue titanium coin is 39.1mm in diameter and there is a mintage of only 5000 pieces. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth struck in reverse Proof (bright portrait, frosted background).  The coin comes in a case with a Certificate of Authenticity.


During the summer of 1914-1915, in an attempt to cross Antarctica, famed British Explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton's ship became trapped and crushed in sea ice.  In order to rescue his men, he crossed hundreds of miles of rough Antarctic Ocean in an open boat, surviving a hurricane that sunk a much larger ship.  He landed on an uninhabited section of South Georgia Island, and then made a harrowing overland crossing to get to the nearest whaling station.  In 1922, while on a subsequent voyage, Shackelton died of a heart attack and was buried in South Georgia.  To honor International Polar Year, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands issued 38.8mm copper-nickel 2 Pound in 2007 coins portraying the great explorer. The coin depicts Shackleton with two dogs and his ship. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse of the coin.

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands commemorated the 100th anniversary of the “Race to the South Pole” between Britain’s Robert Scott and Norway’s Roald Amundsen on this 2010 2 Pound coin. The coin features an image of the famed photograph the “ice grotto” taken by Scott’s photographer Herbert Ponting.  The photograph, taken from an Ice Grotto,  features Scott’s ship Terra Nova and two explorers.  The obverse of the coin has the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth.  The attractive 39mm copper-nickel coin is Brilliant Uncirculated. 

The British possession of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands issued 38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Pound coins dated 2015.  The coin depicts a Humpback Whale breaching the Antarctic waters of South Georgia, with an iceberg in the background.  The coin feature the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and are Brilliant Uncirculated. 

A Minke Whale swimming beneath the ocean with icebergs floating above is featured on this 2016 dated 2 Pounds coin from South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.  The Minke Whale usually measures about 23 to 26 feet (7-8m) long and can weight as much as 10 tons.  It can dive for as long as 20 minutes and can swim as fast as 24mpg (38 km/h).  The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth.  The copper-nickel coin is 38.6mm in diameter.

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