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


This beautiful Silver coin is the fourth 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 Sperm 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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Sperm Whale
Sperm whales are easily recognized by their massive heads and prominent rounded foreheads. They have the largest brain of any creature known to have lived on Earth. Their heads also hold large quantities of a substance called spermaceti. Whalers once believed that the oily fluid was sperm, but scientists still do not understand the function of spermaceti. One common theory is that the fluid—which hardens to wax when cold—helps the whale alter its buoyancy so it can dive deep and rise again. Sperm whales are known to dive as deep as 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in search of squid to eat. These giant mammals must hold their breath for up to 90 minutes on such dives. These toothed whales eat thousands of pounds of fish and squid—about one ton (907 kg) per day.

  • 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 Sperm 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 “Sperm 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.