The treasury of the British Antarctic Territory has released (2nd February) new commemorative £2 coins which mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaty of international cooperation, which governs the use and claim of the continent of Antarctica.
The coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint, at their facilities in Surrey, England, and on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory’s treasury. The coins are issued on behalf of the government of the British Antarctic Territory, with full recognition of Article IV of the Antarctic Treaty:
Nothing contained in the present Treaty shall be interpreted as: prejudicing the position of any Contracting Party as regards its recognition or non-recognition of any other State’s rights of or claim or basis of claim to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica.
The reverse design features a map of Antarctica with four emperor penguins standing on the land. The commemorative text shown above the primary design reads THE ANTARCTIC TREATY 1961 – 2021 with the denomination of TWO POUNDS placed below.
The obverse of the coin features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy, an exclusive Pobjoy Mint design.
The Brilliant Uncirculated base metal bi-metallic examples are presented in a blister-pak type folder with illustrations and informative text highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. The silver Proof coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information about these coins and others issued by the treasury of the British Antarctic Territory, please visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint.