Weddell Seal Pup Depicted on South Georgia Coin | Silver Coins

Weddell Seal Pup Depicted on South Georgia Coin

The Treasury of South Georgia &amp South Sandwich Islands have launched a new crown coin which depicts a delightful Weddell Seal pup.

The Weddell Seal is native to Antarctica and lives further south than any other mammal.  This species was discovered and named in the 1820s in the course of expeditions led by James Weddell, the British sealing captain. The Weddell Seal is exceptional for its capacity to survive the bitter Antarctic winters where they spend most of their time in the water to avoid blizzards with only their heads poking via breathing holes in the ice. They are very docile and placid animals and can be approached very easily.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean and located less than 1000 miles north/north-east of Antarctica. It is a remote collection of islands exactly where animals such as king penguins, seals and whales are often discovered though the Islands have no native land mammals.

Weddell Seal Coin

Struck by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Government, the reverse side of the coin characteristics a depiction of a young Weddell Seal pup who are admired for their cute, cat-like whiskered faces and adorable demeanor. The young seals have a grey coat for the initial 3-4 weeks which later turns to a darker colour. When 1st born the pups are around half the length of their mother and weigh 25 to 30 kilograms.  Nevertheless these pups obtain about 2 kilograms per day so develop extremely swiftly. The obverse of the coin functions an image of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. The year of concern “2013” is included in the legend.

Denomination

Metal

Weight

Diameter

Good quality

Mintage

£2

.925 silver

28.2 grams

38.6 mm.

Proof

10,000 pieces

£2

Cupro-nickel

28.two grams

38.six mm.

BU

unlimited

This coin is available in both sterling silver (proof quality) and cupro-nickel (BU top quality). For far more details on this and other coins provided by the Government of South Georgia &amp the South Sandwich Islands, please go to the web site of the Pobjoy Mint at: www.pobjoy.com – International orders fulfilled.

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