Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin, Coin from Falkland Islands - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin, Coin from Falkland Islands
CoinFifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin

The Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, uses the Falkland Islands Pound as its currency; it is a variation of the United Kingdom Pound Sterling and has always been pegged to it at par. Coins and banknotes of both currencies are used interchangeably on the islands, although the reverse is not true - Falkland Islands coins and notes are not legal tender in the United Kingdom.

Apart from the regular circulation coinage, the territory also issues a large number of Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) coins in the 50 pence denomination. Some of these are round, and some of them are seven-sided and have the same specifications as their United Kingdom counterpart.

This coin is part of the Falklands Penguins II 50p Series by the British Pobjoy Mint, and features the Magellanic Penguin.

The Mint says about it:
Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the penultimate coin of the new set of five coins featuring the five breeds of penguin that are resident on the Islands at some point during the course of the year. Known as the penguin capital of the world, the Falkland Islands are home to more penguins than people making the Islands the best place to see these delightful birds in the wild.

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 head-shot of a Magellanic penguin shown in glorious colour (on the coloured version) which really highlights the distinctive circular markings on their heads.

MintPobjoy Mint Mint MarkLetters PM Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Falkland Islands / Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the "special effigy" of Queen Elizabeth II which is exclusive to the Pobjoy Mint. The Queen is facing right, crowned and wearing a pearl necklace and pearl earrings.

The letters PM which appear below the neck truncation are not a designer's initials but a mint mark, abbreviated from Pobjoy Mint.

Around the rim, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: FALKLAND ISLANDS ELIZABETH II · 2018 ·.

Obverse Inscription FALKLAND ISLANDS ELIZABETH II · 2018 ·
Reverse
Falkland Islands / Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a Magellanic penguin, found on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Around above, the inscription MAGELLANIC PENGUIN.

Around below, the face value FIFTY PENCE.

Reverse Inscription MAGELLANIC PENGUIN FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Reverse
Images Falkland Islands / Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin / Coloured Reverse - obverse photo Falkland Islands / Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin / Coloured Reverse - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 7,500
Details

Individual coin in a 50p-shaped capsule inside a blue pouch, or in five-coin collector album, with individual Certificate of Authenticity. Pobjoy Mint SKU#: L4C68904.

In Set Falklands Penguins 50p Series 2018, mintage 7,500
5 coins: 50p Macaroni Penguin, 2018, 50p Gentoo Penguin, 2018, 50p King Penguin, 2018, 50p Magellanic Penguin, 2018, 50p Rockhopper Penguin, 2018
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Fifty Pence 2018 Magellanic Penguin: Details
CountryFalkland Islands
CurrencyFalkland Islands Pound
Coin TypeFifty Pence Seven-Sided, NCLT
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Special Effigy by Pobjoy Mint
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-BAZV-EXJL
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