The treasury of the British Antarctic Territory has launched (17th March) their latest 50-pence commemorative coins, whose theme is part of a wider series totaling 10 coins. This is the ninth release featuring historical ship designs issued by various treasuries that are part of the British Overseas Territories. This coin, in particular, marks the centenary anniversary of the death of the famous polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922).
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 depiction is based on a photograph taken by the crew after it had been surrounded by ice in the Weddell Sea. Beneath the image is the text ENDURANCE and to the left is the coins’ denomination of 50 (pence). The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is an exclusive design of the Pobjoy Mint.
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Available from the 29th March, The Brilliant Uncirculated diamond finish base metal coins are presented in a blister-pak type folder with illustrations and informative text about the Endurance. The silver Proof coins are presented in a Perspex lucite frame case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information about these coins and other coins issued by the treasury of the British Antarctic Territory, please click here.
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