Falkland Islands Coins – 50p Penguin Series – The King Penguin
- Penguins in full color with collector’s album!
- Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish 50 pence coin
- Low mintage of 7,500!
- Third 50 pence of a four-coin set to be minted in 2017
The Falkland Islands refer to themselves as the penguin capital of the world as more than one million penguins nest on the Islands, therefore in 2017 Pobjoy Mint will mint a set of four beautiful Indigenous penguins in color on 50 pence pieces. We are also producing a collector’s pack to unite the set which sets the coins around a bait ball!
The reverse features a large adult male King Penguin with his smaller female companion lovingly touching their beaks. The obverse features a new and exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Behind the Coin
The King Penguin is a very large species of penguin, second only to the Emperor Penguin and reaches a height of about 100cm and weight of 18kg. They sustain themselves on a diet of small fish and squid, which they dive to incredible depths of over 100m to catch. The plumage of the King Penguin is similar to the Emperor Penguin with a contrasting vivid yellow/orange patch at the top of the chest. The King Penguin also has this same orange on its cheek patches where this is much lighter on the Emperor.
The King penguin is found Sub-Antarctic islands such as the Falkland Islands and the population, currently at 2.2 million is actually increasing. Similarly to other penguins the King has two groups of predators, those who eat its eggs such as Petrals and Skua, and those who hunt adult penguins such as the Leopard seal and the Orca. King Penguins typically start to reproduce at about the age of six and they are serially monogamous, which means that they will have one partner each year that they will stay faithful to.
Order & Delivery Notes
We have produced a collector’s album (sold separately) for this set of colored penguins which shows the penguins around a bait ball. It also gives important facts and information about the individual penguins.
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