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


This beautiful Silver coin is the second 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 Fin 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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Fin Whale
The Fin whale is the second-largest living animal, after the blue whale. This animal is very streamlined in appearance with a distinct ridge along the back behind the dorsal fin, which gives it the nickname “razorback”. The dorsal fin, which is about 60 cm high, is set two thirds of the way along the back. The jaw is large and when the mouth is closed the lower jaw protrudes slightly beyond the tip of the snout. Fin whales are slimmer and not as heavy as blue whales. On average, 85 ventral grooves run along the underside of their body and there are 350-400 baleen plates in their mouths. Fin whales are found in all the oceans of the world, but their migration patterns are not well understood. In the Southern Hemisphere, fin whales migrate south to feed on krill and other plankton in the summer, and north to likely give birth in warm waters closer to the Equator in the winter. However, it is not clear whether all of the population engages in this migration every year.

  • 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 Fin 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 “Fin 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.