The Treasury of the British Overseas Territory of Antarctica have issued (24th October) a commemorative coin which marks the centenary of the Terra Nova expedition of Captain Robert Scott, with the objective being the first to reach the geographical South Pole.
Famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s name is synonymous with the Polar Regions, as he was
the first pioneer one of the first to reach Antarctica in early 1902. It is only fitting that the British Antarctic Territory should issue this numismatic tribute and memorial to Scott’s historic expedition, especially since the UK has a 100 year record of direct observations of Antarctica. They have paved the way for globally significant discoveries about the ozone depletion, climate change and ocean currents, to name but a few.
The obverse of the coin bears the now familiar effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The text “BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2012” is positioned around the Queen’s portrait. The reverse design features an image of Scott’s ship the Terra Nova, with explorers working and penguins in the foreground. A cameo of Captain Scott appears above. The text “CENTENARY OF CAPTAIN SCOTT’S TERRA NOVA EXPEDITION” is positioned above the primary design while the coin’s denomination of two pounds appears underneath.
The crown sized coin is available in an Uncirculated Cupro-Nickel version (mintage 50,000) and proof sterling silver (mintage 10,000) with a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm. Two gold versions (.999 fine) are also available in both ½ gram (£2 face value) and 1.24 grams (£4 face value) struck to Proof quality and with a mintage limited to 10,000 pieces each.
This coin is only the third commemorative coin to be released by the British Antarctic Territory. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Pobjoy Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.pobjoy.com/ukworld/page.php?xPage=index.html