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30th Anniversary of Environmental Protocol: Ross Seals – 2021

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Environmental Protocol, the British Antarctic Territory and Pobjoy Mint will be issuing two coins which feature two of Antarctica’s most renowned residents.  For our first issue, we are proud to present a £2 coin which displays a delightful Ross Seal with its pup. The Ross Seal was listed as a…

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BLOG: UK Polar Network Antarctic Flags 2020 – 2021

Written by Jenny Arthur and Fiona Old, 2020-21 UKPN Antarctic Flags project coordinators. On December 1st 1959, 12 nations signed the Antarctic Treaty, a document declaring that Antarctica would be off limits to military activity and setting it aside as a place for peace and scientific discoveries. Since 2010, December 1st has been celebrated each…

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Euro 2020 in Antarctica

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition marks the end of a tense and exciting month of football at Euro 2020. There is a strong correlation between Antarctic place-names and the countries represented at the Euro 2020 football tournament. This is perhaps not so surprising,…

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New Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory

This month we welcome Paul Candler as the new Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory. In this role, Paul will oversee the good governance of the Territory, assisted by the Deputy Commissioner and the Administrator. Ahead of his appointment, Paul commented on his enthusiasm to work on one of the most unique regions in the…

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Midwinter’s Day 2021

  Midwinter’s Day is celebrated every year on the 21st June in the British Antarctic Territory. For those overwintering in Antarctica, it marks the middle of the long Antarctic winter, spent in near total darkness. HM Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory, Ben Merrick, has written to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) personnel currently stationed…

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Sir James Clark Ross

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on Sir James Clark Ross to mark the final season in Antarctica, after 30 years of service, of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Clark Ross. RRS James Clark Ross is named after Admiral Sir James Clark…

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2021 Stamp Set: Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday

The Government of the British Antarctic Territory is pleased to release a set of six stamps and a souvenir sheet in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday. Her Majesty celebrates her 95th birthday on 21 April 2021. The British Antarctic Territory and ten other postal administrations have agreed to co-operate in a fitting…

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

  This week, the Union Flag has been lowered at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on 9 April 2021. Prince Philip visited Antarctica in 1957, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to cross the Antarctic Circle. We pay tribute to his…

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Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday Coin – 2021

To commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th Birthday, Pobjoy Mint have released a new 50-pence coin in her honour for the British Antarctic Territory. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has two birthdays to celebrate each year – her actual birthday is on 21st April whilst her official birthday is on 10th June. When Her Majesty…

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Barbeled Antarctic Plunderfish Coin – 2021

The British Antarctic Territory is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Our latest coin release features the Barbeled Antarctic Plunderfish (Artedidraco skottsberg) which is found in the waters around the Antarctic continent from the near-shore to depths exceeding 600m. It is one of around 25 species of small predatory fish in the family Artedidraconidae…

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