Falkland Islands 2018 Penguin 50p Coins

Friday, 19 October 2018  |  Gareth

The Southern Rockhopper Penguin

The smallest and most agile penguin in the Falkland Islands, the Southern Rockhopper is easily recognisable with its straight thin yellow eyebrows with yellow plumes hanging above and behind the eyes. Unlike other breeds of penguin who get around obstacles by sliding or awkward climbing, rockhoppers will try and jump over boulders and across cracks. The breed is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature with the population declining by a third in the last three decades.

The coin features a headshot of this delightful penguin in fabulous colour which really highlights their special plumage. The obverse of the coin features the exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

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The Magellanic Penguin

The Magellanic penguin is a summer resident of the Falkland Islands returning to breed.  They start arriving in early September and return to the same burrow they left the year before.  The adults have conspicuous black and white bands on their heads, neck and breast.  The breed is medium-sized and is differentiated by their black backs and white abdomens.  They also feature two black bands across their chests with the lower band shaped like an upside-down horseshoe.

The coin features a headshot of a Magellanic penguin shown in glorious colour which really highlights the distinctive circular markings on their heads. The obverse of the coin features the exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

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The King Penguin

The king penguin is the 2nd biggest penguin type in the world with a general population approximated at 1.2 million. It is believed that the Falklands king penguin population growth might be due to overcrowding to the south at South Georgia.

The coin includes a head shot of a King penguin displayed in marvelous colour which truly highlights the broad cheek spot contrasting with surrounding dark plumes and yellow-orange colour at the top of the chest that they are recognised by. The obverse of the coin includes the special Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

 

 

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The Gentoo Penguin

The Gentoo is the most common penguin on the Falkland Islands which are the home of the biggest population of this type of penguin in the world. Gentoo penguins are a long-tailed types of penguins first discovered by science in 1781 on the Falkland Islands by biologist Johann Reinhold Forster who travelled the world with Captain James Cook.

The coin includes a headshot of a Gentoo penguin which is displayed in remarkable colour which includes the apparent white bar over the crown on the head of this specific type. The obverse of the coin includes the special Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

 

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The Macaroni Penguin

Found in the Sub Antarctic to the Antarctic peninsula, the Macaroni is one of the six species of crested penguins.  The Macaroni Penguin has the largest population of all penguins, but in the Falklands occur in very small numbers and best amongst Rockhopper colonies in the Islands.  Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine lifestyle.

The coin features a headshot of a Macaroni penguin which is shown in glorious colour which really highlights the most distinctive feature of this breed – the golden crests which start at the centre of the forehead and then sweep above the eyes.  The obverse of the coin features the exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

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