Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark, Coin from Solomon Islands - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark, Coin from Solomon Islands
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark

Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Solomon Islands has authorised a number of private mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself.

The Mint says about this coin:
The Giants of the Galápagos Islands series showcases the animals unique to these islands which were studies by Charles Darwin. This second coin, the Whale Shark, might sound intimidating but in fact they’re a solitary, slow filter-feeding type of shark that’s also the biggest fish in the world. Measuring up to 17 meters long, they’re like gentle sea giants. Unlike most of their species, whale sharks don’t attack other fish despite its 1.4 meter wide mouth. Instead, it sieves plankton, baitfish, squid, and crustaceans through its gills as it cruises along.

Delicately colourised to capture the whale shark’s unusual greyish blue hue, this magnificent coin captures its calm majesty. Limited mintage of 2,500 coins per issue and individually serialised.

MintPAMP Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,500
Obverse
Solomon Islands / Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021.

Around the portrait, parts of the reef continuing that from the reverse.

Below the date, the unique serial number of the coin.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Reverse
Solomon Islands / Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, in colour, a giant Whale Shark above a coral reef; its head and tail extend beyond the coin's traditional circular edge.

Around above, the inscription GIANTS OF THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS; around below right, 999.9 SILVER 1 TROY OUNCE.

Reverse Inscription GIANTS OF THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS 999.9 SILVER 1 TROY OUNCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: the coin is sealed in a custom shaped capsule and housed in an attractive display folder, which is printed with a Certificate of Authenticity as well as fun facts about the Galapagos Islands and its protected creatures.
PAMP SKU: S-MKS-1GALAPAWHALESHA

See also

Solomon Islands coins with special shapes made by PAMP (ordered by size / series / year):
- 2 oz Silver, Ocean Predator - Great White Shark, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Ocean Predator - Polar Bear, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Ocean Predator - Killer Whale, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Dinosaurs of North America - Tyrannosaurus Rex, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Dinosaurs of North America - Stegosaurus, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, America the Free - Statue of Liberty, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Deep - Great White Shark, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Deep - Great Hammerhead Shark, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Deep - Tiger Shark, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Sky - Bald Eagle, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Sky - Red-Tailed Hawk, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Sky - Horned Owl, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Santa Claus, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, U.F.O., 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Giants of the Galápagos - Giant Seahorse, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Giants of the Galápagos - Whale Shark, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Giants of the Galápagos - Galápagos Tortoise, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - African Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - African Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - Nile Crocodile, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - Black Rhino, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Guitar Pick, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Surf Green Colour, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Black Colour, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Nutcracker, 2021

All (25) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2019 Great White Shark 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Bald Eagle 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2019
Silver Ounce 2020 Great Hammerhead Shark 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Tiger Shark 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Red-Tailed Hawk 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Horned Owl 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Giant Seahorse 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Santa Claus 2,020 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2020 U.F.O. 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020
Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Galápagos Tortoise 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 African Elephant 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 African Lion 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Nile Crocodile 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Guitar Pick 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2021 Fender Telecaster 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Fender Stratocaster 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Nutcracker 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS · 1 OZ AG 999.9 · 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Spirit Animals - Grizzly Bear 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS · 1 OZ AG 999.9 · 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Spirit Animals - Electric Fox 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS · 1 OZ AG 999.9 · 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Spirit Animals - Bison 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS · 1 OZ AG 999.9 · 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Retrofuturism - Rocket 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2021
Silver Ounce (x2) 2021 Bull vs Bear 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS · 1 OZ AG 999.9 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Black Rhino 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 Fender Stratocaster 6,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS 2022
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Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark: Details
CountrySolomon Islands
CurrencySolomon Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeIrregular
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.8 - 39.3 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass31.104 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-APKM-EYPL
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