The ninth coin from this amazingly popular series is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and features the Emperor Penguin.
The Emperor Penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all surviving penguin species living in Antarctica. This flightless bird is recognised by its black head and dorsal side, white belly and yellow markings on its breast and ears. Yet, the species is best known for the sequence of journeys the adults take each year in order to mate and to feed their offspring. The only penguin species to breed during the Antarctic winter, the adults trek 50 – 120 kilometres over the ice to breeding colonies. The female lays a single egg, which is incubated by the male, while the female returns to the sea to feed. Both parents then take turns foraging at sea and caring for their chick in the colony. The lifespan of the Emperor Penguin is typically 20 years in the wild, although it is believed some individuals may live to 50 years of age.
- No more than 7,500 of these coins will be issued by The Perth Mint.
- 1 troy ounce - 99.9% pure silver
- Minimum Gross Weight (g) - 31.135
- Minimum diameter - 40.60 mm
- Thickness - 4 mm