Falklands 50p Penguin Series – The Magellanic Penguin
- Final 50 pence piece of the four-coins set!
- Complete your collector’s album!
- Cupro Nickel ‘Diamond Finish’ 50 pence coin
- Low mintage of 7,500!
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, the Pobjoy Mint has produced a set of four beautiful indigenous penguins in color on 50-pence pieces. We are also producing a collector’s pack to unite the coins around a bait ball!
The reverse features an adult Magellanic Penguin swimming out to sea with its head breaking the surface. The obverse features the exclusive Pobjoy effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Behind the Coin
The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus), named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, is a penguin indigenous to the Falkland Islands, where they nest in dense flocks. In appearance, they are similar to a Humboldt penguin, with black bodies, white abdomens and with two black bands between the head and the chest. Their heads are black with a white stripe running across their eyebrows. In the wild these penguins can live to around 25 years!
Magellanic penguins are monogamous, remaining faithful to one partner throughout their life. They can produce up to two eggs each year with their spouse. Similarly to other penguins, Magellanic Penguins take turns to incubate their eggs while their partner swims out to sea to feed. Due to fish populations becoming further and further from Penguin nesting grounds, their partners are starving whilst they hunt. This, in addition to other environmental issues such as oil spills, has resulted in a population decline of about 20% in 20 years within some colonies and these penguins are now considered ‘Near Threatened’.
We have produced a collector’s album (sold separately) for this set of four 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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