News

May 2008

Image of Taya Pobjoy, Director of Pobjoy Mint, and Philippa Foster Back, Chairman of the Trust. Philippa is holding the silver coin recently struck at a formal striking ceremony at the Mint.

To commemorate the Centenary of Granting of Letters Patent in 2008, the British Antarctic Territory has issued its first ever legal tender commemorative coins. The first silver coin was recently struck at a formal striking ceremony at the Pobjoy Mint. It was also attended by representatives of the Government of the BAT, the British Antarctic Survey, Scott Polar Research Institute, BAS Club and the UKAHT. A BAT Currency Ordinance of 1990 makes provision for coinage for the Territory.

Shown left are Taya Pobjoy, Director of Pobjoy Mint, and Philippa Foster Back, Chairman of the Trust. Philippa is holding the silver coin recently struck at a formal striking ceremony at the Mint. It was also attended by representatives of the Government of the BAT, the British Antarctic Survey, Scott Polar Research Institute, BAS Club and the UKAHT.

The coins in both silver and cupro-nickel are available from the Trust or from Pobjoy.