The Leopard Seal Ice Grey Titanium Coin
Thursday, 22 March 2018 | Gareth
The image on the coin displays a Leopard Seal searching for food amongst a raft of penguins. The obverse of the coin includes a distinguished effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced solely by Pobjoy Mint.
The Leopard seal is the second leading predator to Antarctica's biggest predator the Killer Whale, the Leopard Seal is the 2nd biggest seal in the Antarctic. A Leopard Seals coat is one of its most prominent features having a counter-shaded coat with its dorsal side having a silver to dark grey hair that makes up its unique "leopard" colouration perfect for ambushing prey in the cold dark Antarctic sea. Trying to study them however can be very difficult as their camouflage makes them hard to spot and they also spend a great deal of the time vocalising deep under the water throughout the months when the studies are performed.
Due to the trouble of striking Titanium coins and that Titanium responds in a different way with every strike, each Leopard Seal coin is technically different from all others. There is likewise a lined effect that exists on the coins as a result of the striking process which is special to this type of metal.