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50 Pence - Elizabeth II Chinstrap penguin

50 Pence - Elizabeth II  (Chinstrap penguin) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II  (Chinstrap penguin) -  reverse

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Features

Country British Antarctic Territory
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 50 Pence
0.50 GBP = 0.64 USD
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Curvilinear equilateral heptagon
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Antarctic penguins

Obverse

Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2019
PM

Reverse

Two Chinstrap penguins colorized.
Value

Lettering:
CHINSTRAP PENGUIN
FIFTY PENCE

Edge

Plain / smooth

Comments

With an estimated population of around eight million pairs and living in colonies of over 100,000 pairs in some islands, the Chinstrap penguin is probably the most abundant penguin in the Antarctic region. Named after the band of dark feathers under the chin which looks like a strap keeping their hat on, they nest on ice-free slopes where they form a strong pair bond returning each year to the same nesting site with the same partner.
The design on the coin itself features a male and female Chinstrap penguin.  The Pobjoy Mint exclusive Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse of the coin. The coin is available in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish with the penguins portrayed in colour.  A special colour album, which is sold separately, has been designed to house all five coins.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019 PM 4,000 Pobjoy Mint, Proof

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50 Pence - Elizabeth II (Chinstrap penguin)