The coin reverse features a dramatic image of a humpback whale with fins outstretched, breaching (leaping out of the water). This action is common during the mating and calving seasons when the large mammals become highly curious and excited. Around this image are the words 'Humpback Whale' and 'Whales From The Pitcairn Islands'. The silver purity and weight is likewise engraved on this face.
The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Pitcairn Island, along with the year of issue (2009) and the denomination of $2.