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Collector coins of British Antarctic Territory
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:08:47 PM »


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The British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is a sector of Antarctica claimed by the United Kingdom as one of its 14 British Overseas Territories. The Territory was formed on 3 March 1962, although the UK's claim to this portion of the Antarctic dates back to Letters Patent of 1908 and 1917. The area now covered by the Territory includes three regions which, before 1962, were administered by the British as separate dependencies of the Falkland Islands: Graham Land, the South Orkney Islands, and the South Shetland Islands.

Since the Antarctic Treaty came into force in 1961, Article 1 of which states "The treaty does not recognize, dispute, nor establish territorial sovereignty claims; no new claims shall be asserted while the treaty is in force", most countries do not recognise territorial claims in Antarctica. The United Kingdom has ratified the treaty. In 2012, the southern part of the territory was named Queen Elizabeth Land in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

The territory is inhabited by the staff of research and support stations operated and maintained by the British Antarctic Survey and other organisations, and stations of Argentina, Chile and other countries. There are no native inhabitants.
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Re: Collector coins of British Antarctic Territory
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2020, 04:13:56 PM »



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The coat of arms of the British Antarctic Territory was first granted in 1952, when the territory was still a dependency of the Falkland Islands, along with South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The arms consist of a shield bearing a flaming torch on a wavy background representing the sea. The dexter supporter is a golden lion, representing the United Kingdom. The sinister supporter is an Emperor penguin, representing the native wildlife in the territory. The lion stands on a compartment of grass, while the penguin stands on a compartment of ice. The crest is a representation of the RRS Discovery, the research ship used by Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first journey to the Antarctic.

The motto is “Research and Discovery”, reflecting the aims of the British Antarctic Survey.
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2020, 04:16:13 PM »



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The flag of British Antarctic Territory is a white ensign, without a cross, with the Union Flag in the canton, defaced with the coat of arms of the British Antarctic Territory, introduced in 1952.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2020, 04:18:06 PM »
British Antarctic Territory issued its first collector coin in 2008. It commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Granting of Letters Patent. The obverse showed the special uncouped effigy of QEII, by Ian Rank Broadley, that is reserved for commemorative coins. The piece was cupro-nickel, had a face value of 2 pounds, and was 38mm in diameter.
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2020, 04:18:40 PM »
The reverse of the 2 pound coin of 2008, showing the coat of arms of the Territory.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2020, 04:21:26 PM »




In 2009 BAT issued a 2 pound coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty.

The reverse design showed an albatross, seals, penguins and a whale.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2020, 04:24:49 PM »



BAT issued a 2 pound coin in 2013, to commemorate the naming of part of the Territory as “Queen Elizabeth Land”.

This was done in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (60 years as monarch).

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2020, 04:40:10 PM »


Another 2 pound coin in 2013 depicted penguins - always popular with collectors.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2020, 04:45:16 PM »
In 2013, another 2 pound coin depicted the Halley VI Research Station, the world's first relocatable research facility.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2020, 04:49:08 PM »
From 2016, a new portrait of the Queen appeared on the obverse of BAT's collector coins. See image below, bottom left.
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2020, 05:01:21 PM »
In 2018 BAT issued its first ever collector 50 pence coin, featuring Boaty McBoatface.
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2020, 05:04:39 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2020, 11:17:16 PM »
Curiously, BAT released another 50 pence featuring Boaty McBoatface in 2019. This time the vessel faced in the opposite direction.
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2020, 12:51:08 PM »
BAT, 2 pounds, 2014.  Ernest Shackleton.

BAT has issued several collector coins honouring Arctic explorers in recent years.
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2020, 12:52:56 PM »
BAT, 2 pounds, 2018.  Robert Falcon Scott.
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