In 2014, the UK government announced funding for the construction of a new polar research vessel for the British Antarctic Survey to replace a pair of existing vessels, RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Ernest Shackleton.
The new vessel is named after the famed British broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough. The ship will be tasked with the purpose of carrying out research in polar regions with its improved icebreaking capabilities and greater endurance than previously seen by its ancestors. The vessel will also serve as logistic support for the British Antarctic Survey teams in shore locations.
Pobjoy Mint was honored to be able to produce a silver version of this coin along with a silver Boaty McBoatface 50p to be presented to Sir David Attenborough at the official Naming Ceremony on September 26, 2019. We are therefore delighted to announce this new Crown coin featuring the RRS Sir David Attenborough ship that will carry the famous Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Boaty McBoatface.
The ship itself is about 125 meters long, with a beam of about 24 meters. Her draught is about seven meters. The vessel will always have a special place in Pobjoy Mint’s history with the vessel having several of its coins from three different British Overseas Territories placed under the keel block of RRS Sir David Attenborough.
The new polar ship is commissioned by NERC, built by Cammell Laird to a Rolls Royce design and operated by British Antarctic Survey. The vessel will have a crew of approximately 30 and accommodate up to 60 scientists and support staff.
The design on the coin shows the research ship at sea in the Antarctic with the name RRS Sir David Attenborough shown on the outer edge of the coin.
The Pobjoy Mint Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse of the coin.
The Crown coin is available in cupro-nickel and Proof sterling silver (which has a £2 denomination).
The cupro-nickel coin will be raw in tubes (blue pouches can be purchased separately) and the Proof sterling silver coin presented in a red box with a unique certificate of authenticity.
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