'Vulnerable' Macaroni Penguin featured on new South Georgia & Sandwich Islands coin

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08 January 2019
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The distinctive Macaroni Penguin is the latest in a series of coloured Titanium coins featuring wildlife of British Overseas Territories, issued by Pobjoy Mint.

The coin, issued by British Pobjoy Mint on behalf of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, has been minted in blue Titanium and uncirculated cupro nickel, and features four Macaroni Penguins on a snowy outcrop.

This distinctive penguin breed is named after an unusual hairstyle of the 18th century, and the species is known for its unusual orange tufty eyebrows. Although Macaroni Penguins can be found across a wide territory, from the Sub-Antarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula, its population in South George & South Sandwich islands has declined by fifty percent in recent years, leading to the species being listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Coin details

Issue date: 7 January 2019

Diameter: 38.60mm

Weight: 28.28g

Material: Titanium or uncirculated cuprous nickel

To order the coins, visit the British Pobjoy Mint website.

(images copyright British Pobjoy Mint)