Friday, May 26, 2006

Antarctic Territory Silver Coin

The Antarctic Territory silver coin is the third release from The Perth Mint's popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series and celebrates the establishment of the Edgeworth David summer base.

This is a base that lies 85 kilometres inland from the Shackleton Ice Shelf in the Bunger Hills area. The base is named in honor of Australian geologist and explorer Sir Tannant William Edgeworth David, who led the first successful ascent of Mount Erebus, Antarctica’s only active volcano, and led the first team to reach the Magnetic South Pole during Shackleton’s famous expedition of 1907.

This silver coin is a proof quality one ounce 99.9 percent pure silver coin. It is housed in a blue-colored quality presentation case, which comes within a stylish outer shipper. A numbered Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each coin.

The coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. The coin’s obverse depicts Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Antarctic Territory silver coin is called the ‘Edgeworth David Base:1986-2006’. ‘Australian Antarctic Territory’ and the Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark is stamped on the coin.

The main design, which appears within the outline of Antarctica, is symbolic of the site of Edgeworth David, where permanent sea ice is suitable for use as an aircraft runway. Coloured elements include an Albatross and its chick, as well as the inscriptions.

There is a limited Mintage with no more that 7,500 individual one ounce silver coins

The cost of the Antarctic Territory Silver Coin is 52 Australian Dollars ($52.50) which is around 40 US dollars plus shipping.

Coin specifications:
Australian Antarctic Territory Series
Edgeworth David Base 1986 - 2006
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Coloured Reverse Design
Australian Legal Tender
Presentation Packaging
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Mintage

The Antarctic territory silver coin will make an exceptional addition to any coin collection and it is worth while getting the entire set.

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