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Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration: Southern Cross/Quest

The British Antarctic Territory and Pobjoy Mint are delighted to announce the release of a brand new £2 coin to celebrate 100 years since the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. At the end of the 19th Century, Antarctic exploration would have been considered the equivalent of how Space Exploration is perceived today. Exploring…

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Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 2022

The British Antarctic Territory and Pobjoy Mint are delighted to announce the release of a brand new 50p coin to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.   Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. After her uncle, King Edward…

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Endurance Coin – 2022

The Pobjoy Mint series of 50 pence coins featuring historical ships continues with a new coin produced on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory to commemorate the Centenary of the death of famous polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. The design on the coin features the Endurance, a three-masted barquentine in which Shackleton sailed for Antarctica…

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Inspired by Ukraine

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition highlights our neighbours on the Antarctic Peninsula: Akademik Vernadsky Station on Galindez Island, operated by Ukraine. Previously UK’s Faraday station for almost 50 years, it was handed over to our polar colleagues in 1996. This is the only…

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Fram Coin – 2022

The Pobjoy Mint series of 50 pence coins featuring historical ships continues with a new coin produced on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.  The design on the coin features the Fram, a three-masted schooner which was designed to withstand the freezing…

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Sir Ernest Shackleton

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on Sir Ernest Shackleton. 5 January 2022 marked the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s death.  The explorer has been commemorated in place-names across South Georgia and the Antarctic; there are over 250 either associated with Shackleton himself…

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60th Anniversary of the Formation of the British Antarctic Territory Coin – 2022

The British Antarctic Territory and Pobjoy Mint are delighted to announce the release of a brand new £2 coin to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the British Antarctic Territory in 1962. The British Antarctic Territory was officially established by a Statutory Instrument – the British Antarctic Territory Order in Council 1962/400. This…

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2022 Stamp Set: Centenary of the Death of Sir Ernest Shackleton

  The British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands and South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands have joined together to commemorate the centenary of the death of the great polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). Shackleton rose to fame in 1915 when his vessel, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and sank. Against all the odds,…

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Publication of new Legislation for the British Antarctic Territory

The Government of the British Antarctic Territory has published a set of new laws for the continued effective administration of the Territory. The majority of previous laws had been in place since 1990, when existing laws at the time were revised and consolidated, replacing outdated colonial legislation. Since 1990 there have been developing demands and…

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Glasgow Glacier

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on an enormous body of fast-moving ice in West Antarctica, which has been formally named the ‘Glasgow Glacier’ to mark the Scottish city hosting the COP26 climate change conference this year. The Glasgow Glacier is one of…

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