The Humpback Whale
humpback whale is one of the largest mammals in the sea. These whales
migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year to tropical or sub-tropical
waters to breed and give birth in the winter. This journey takes them
through the pacific where they visit the Pitcairn Islands and New
Zealand. There are around 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted
to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought out by
whale-watchers, particularly in the south pacific.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales range in
length from 12—16 meters and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms. They
possess a distinctive body shape that is reflected in their name which
describes the motion they make as they arch their back out of the water
in preparation for a dive.
The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Pitcairn
Island, along with the year of issue (2009) and the denomination of $2.
features a dramatic image of a humpback whale with fins outstretched,
breaching (leaping out of the water). This action is common during the
mating and calving seasons when the large mammals become highly curious
and excited. Around this image are the words 'Humpback Whale' and
'Whales From The Pitcairn Islands'. The silver purity and weight is
likewise engraved on this face.
This unique coin has a strictly limited mintage of only 5,000.
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