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Ships on World Coins: 2017 Centenary Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Coin from Pobjoy Mint


Commemorating one of the Greatest Survival Stories in History Featuring Shackleton’s Famous Ship Endurance

  • 2017 New South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Coin
  • Available in Proof Sterling Silver and Unc. Cupro Nickel
  • Pobjoy Mint High Quality Proof Finish

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition after the expedition ship, is considered by some to be the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

By 1914 both Poles had been reached so Sir Ernest Shackleton set his sights on being the first to traverse Antarctica. Shackleton arrived at South Georgia on 5 November 1914. After a month-long stop at Grytviken whaling station the expedition sailed into the Weddell Sea with the aim of crossing the Antarctic continent to the Ross Sea where they would be met by the Ross Sea party aboard the Aurora. Eighteen months later Shackleton returned to South Georgia, albeit in very different circumstances.

Endurance had been lost in the ice and her 28-man complement had spent months in makeshift camps before they took to the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island. It was from here that Shackleton and five companions made their 1,300 km boat journey aboard the James Caird to King Haakon Bay, South Georgia.

After a short period of recuperation Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley crossed South Georgia on foot to Stromness whaling station where they arrived on 20 May. Shackleton then began his – ultimately successful – efforts to rescue his men on Elephant Island. After four attempts in different vessels, Shackleton was able to rescue the men waiting on Elephant Island who were brought home aboard the Chilean steamer Yelcho without loss of life.

To commemorate the centenary, this beautiful new coin shows Endurance stuck in the Antarctic ice. Available in Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver, each precious metal coin has been carefully struck four times and features high relief sculpting against a mirror brilliant background.


The design on the coin shows the Endurance stuck in the ice in the background with the crew pulling the sled on the ice pack in the foreground. The obverse of each coin features the new effigy design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.


The Cupro Nickel coin is shipped in a unique Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch. The Proof Silver coin is shipped encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Order & Delivery Notes

Pobjoy Mint 2017 Centenary Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition order notes

Coin Specifications

Metal: Proof Sterling silver & Uncirculated Cupro-Nickel (CuNi)
Diameter: Silver & CuNi: 38.60 mm
Weight: Silver & CuNi: 28.28 g
Issue Limit: Silver: 2,000; CuNi: 10,000
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