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World Coins – Hologram on New Coin Shows Melted Antarctic Ice Shelf

Larsen B Ice Shield 2 Pound Coin

Holographic coin effect shows the Larsen B Ice Shelf that collapsed 15 years ago!

  • Raising Awareness of an important environmental issue.
  • Limited Mintage of 2,002.
  • Produced in Britain by Pobjoy Mint manufacturer of luxury coins
  • Exclusive Pobjoy effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Coin

To highlight the effect of global warming on the Antarctic this coin features an image of the Larsen B Ice Shelf with a hologram effect struck onto the coin. The hologram represents the part of the ice shelf that collapsed 15 years ago, which retreats as you tilt the coin. The rim of this coin has been designed with a cracked ice effect that ties together the whole theme of the coin very effectively.

Pobjoy Mint is proud of the success we have had producing holographic coins in the past and as this coin is unusual and has a low mintage of just 2,002 (representing the year of the Larsen B Sector collapse) we foresee it becoming a highly desirable addition to any collection.

Behind the Coin

The Larsen Ice Shelf is a long, fringing ice shelf consisting of three sectors situated in the northwest Weddell Sea and extending along the Antarctic Peninsula. During the period of 31 January to March 2002, the Larsen B Sector of the shelf partially collapsed and 3,250 km2 of ice, 220m thick, disappeared into the sea in about a week. A study conducted by NASA in 2015 concluded that the remaining part of the Larsen B sector will collapse by 2020. A shocking fact when you consider that the shelf has remained stable for the past 10,000 years!

It’s not just Larsen Sector B that is in trouble. Larsen A collapsed in 1995 and experts predict that Larsen C could also disintegrate by the end of the century. Larsen C is the fourth-largest ice shelf in Antarctica and a rift in the shelf that formed in 2016 now measures over 130km with a width of 91m and depth of 500m.

The collapse of this shelf seems a certainty for 2017 and when it does it will form one of the largest icebergs ever recorded with an area of around 5,000km2. It is events like this that highlight the fragility of the natural world and encourage us to minimize our impact on Earth.

Order & Delivery Notes

British Antarctic Territory 2017 Larsen B Ice Shelf £2 silver hologram coin. Info courtesy Pobjoy Mint


The £2 Larsen B Proof Sterling Silver coins are shipped in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin Specifications

Metal: .925 Fine Silver
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Issue Limit: 2,002
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