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BLUE WHALE Whales of the Southern Ocean 1 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Pitcairn Islands 2016


This beautiful Silver coin is the first of the new “Whales of the Southern Ocean” series, that celebrates four of the magnificent whale species that roam the deep, cold waters of the Southern Ocean. This edition presents the Blue Whale. The coin is beautifully engraved and partly coloured and comes packaged in a perspex coin case, with Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 2.000 pcs.

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Availability date: 11/07/2016

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Blue Whale
Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as an automobile. Blue whales reach these mind-boggling dimensions on a diet composed nearly exclusively of tiny shrimplike animals called krill. During certain times of the year, a single adult blue whale consumes about 4 tons (3.6 metric tons) of krill a day. Blue whales are baleen whales, which means they have fringed plates of fingernail-like material, called baleen, attached to their upper jaws. The giant animals feed by first gulping an enormous mouthful of water, expanding the pleated skin on their throat and belly to take it in. Then the whale's massive tongue forces the water out through the thin, overlapping baleen plates. Thousands of krill are left behind—and then swallowed.

  • CountryPitcairn Islands
  • Year2016
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts the Blue Whale in the cold waters of the Ocean. The deep waters of the Southern Ocean are partly coloured on this coin with an intense blue. In the top of the coin, the inscriptions: “1 Oz 999 Fine Silver” – the weight and the fineness of Silver and “Blue Whale” – the name of the coin. On the bottom, the inscription: “Whales of the Southern Ocean” – the name of the series. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Pitcairn Islands” – the issue country, “2016” – the issue year and “Two Dollars” - the face value.