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


This beautiful Silver coin is the third 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 Humpback 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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Humpback Whale
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating. Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter when they fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net technique. Like other large whales, the humpback was a target for the whaling industry. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium. While stocks have partially recovered, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships and noise pollution continue to impact the population of 80,000.

  • 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 Humpback 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 “Humpback 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.