BAT: 60th anniversary of its formation 2 pounds 2022

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To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the formation of the British Antarctic Territory, Pobjoy Mint has today released a commemorative 2 pound coin for pre-order. The coin can be ordered in basemetal with an issue limit of 1,950 pieces on this page and in silver plated gold with a limit of 195 pieces here.


Officially this coin was issued to commemorate both the 60th anniversary of the formation of the British Antarctic Territory but also the 70th anniversary of the granting of its coat of arms, which happened in the time when it was still a dependency of the Falkland Islands.


As eurcoin notes, 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 SGSSI).

The field of the arms consist of an argent shield bearing a gold torch enflamed proper in a red triangle issuant from the chief to near the base point (pile gules) on a wavy background representing the sea (per fess wavy barry, wavy of six argent and azure). (Per fess implies halved horizontally, barry refers to horizontal division into a certain even number of equal parts.) For a crest, upon a silver and blue wreath composed of six alternating bands (torse argent and azure) on a helmet with argent and azure mantling, thereon representation of RRS Discovery, the research ship used by Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first journey to the Antarctic. The dexter supporter is a gold lion rampant with red claws and tongue (armed and langued gules), representing the UK. The sinister supporter is an Emperor penguin proper, representing the native wildlife. The lion stands on a compartment of grass, while the penguin stands on a compartment of ice with the motto 'Research and Discovery', reflecting the aims of the British Antarctic Survey, in a scroll divided across compartments (per pale).

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