Coins

We made history in 2008 when we became the first territory in the Antarctic to issue a coin under our own authority.

Commemorative coins, which are also legal tender within the Territory, are produced for us Pobjoy Mint.

Where to buy

New releases are available for sale at www.pobjoymint.com.  New and older coins are also available from all good coin dealers.

Past highlights

The world’s first Antarctic coin in 2008 celebrated the Centenary of Britain registering its first claim to the Antarctic.  The coin depicts the official Coat of Arms of the Territory.

£2 coin for Centenary of Granting of Letters Patent
First British Antarctic Territory coin

More recent issues have helped promote the science, exploration and wildlife of the Territory. In 2018 we issued our very first 50p coin depicting Boaty McBoatface – the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) which will be carried on the research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough and undertake scientific research.  This limited issue coin sold out, and royalties received have been reinvested into the territory.

Yellow coloured Boaty McBoatface automonous underwater vehicle in water with penguins
Boaty McBoatface 50p coin released in 2018

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the British Explorer Robert Falcon Scott in 2018, a coin features an artist’s impression of the Polar Medal that was inaugurated for members of Captain Scott’s first and gruelling expedition to Antarctica in 1904.

£2 coin for anniversay of birth of Robert Falcon Scott

To highlight the naming of Queen Elizabeth Land, a commemorative coin showing the are was released in 2013.

£2 coin showing Queen Elizabeth Land