Published 15th July 2019

Macaroni Penguin Coin – 2019

Are you mad about Macaroni penguins? Have you been waiting with bated breath for this special coin? Well, wait no longer…

This fifth and final coin in the five-part penguin 50p series has been released by Pobjoy Mint.  New releases such as this and others can be purchased from all good coin stockists.

Macaroni Penguin 50p - 2019Obverse of coin








Macaroni facts…

Macaroni penguins have a distinctive yellowy orange crest on their head, which resembles the fashionable macaroni hairstyles of the 18th century dandies – hence, the name ‘Macaroni’.

These penguins are the most numerous of penguin species. It is estimated that there are 12 million breeding pairs, a proportion of which inhabit the Antarctic Peninsula and sub-Antarctic islands.

Macaroni penguins have solid bones in contrast to other seabirds and this helps them to dive deeper and for longer.  Their eyes are adapted for exceptional underwater vision, which is just as well, as it helps them to evade their main predators – the leopard seal and killer whale.