The treasury of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have released the third £2 collector coin, which is part of the expanded series entitled “The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.”
The £2 bi-metallic coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint at their facilities in Surrey, England, on behalf of the treasury of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The reverse side depicts the dramatic moment the James Caird arrived in South Georgia and marked the beginning, or the end, of the famous rescue mission to save the crew of Endurance. An iceberg is shown in the background along with the crew who are seen pulling the James Caird ashore. Below the crew is the inscription IMPERIAL TRANS-ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1914 – 1917. Above the primary design is the text HEROIC AGE OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION with the denomination TWO POUNDS placed below along the edge. *The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is an exclusive design of the Pobjoy Mint. The year of issue 2022 is shown below the Queen’s likeness.
|12 g||28.4 mm||Brilliant Unc.||
|12 g||28.4 mm||Proof||
The Brilliant Uncirculated diamond finish bi-metallic coins are presented in a blister-pak type folder with illustrations and informative text. The silver Proof coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this coin and other coins issued by the treasury of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, please click here for the silver Proof coin or here for the Brilliant Uncirculated coin.
*With the news of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th September, the Pobjoy Mint will advise about a new effigy bearing the likeness of HM King Charles III in due course and following consultation with Buckingham Palace. Remaining coins dated 2022 from the various treasuries of British territories and issued until the end of the year will continue to include the Pobjoy Mint’s exclusive effigy of the Late Queen.