Falkland Islands 5-PENCE (2019)

Black-browed Albatross

There are 13 species of Albatross, and the Black-browed Albatross is the smallest. Still, it is a large bird -- the largest seabird in the Falklands -- with a wingspan up to 200 cm.

This amazing bird can easily cover a territory up to 900 km in diameter in its search for food. They can fly for thousands of kilometers without landing. They do this by gliding for many kilometers at a time without flapping their wings. On the islands, where up to 85% of these birds live, they are known as the Mollymawk.

The albatross first appeared on a larger version of the 5-pence coin in 1974 (KM4.1). In the 2019 coinage update, the bird switched directions and is now flying to the right.

Thank you to Maria for sending this coin to the zoo!


Diameter
18 mm
Composition
Nickel-clad steel
Catalogue #
Obverse Legend
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Reverse Legend
5 FALKLAND ISLANDS

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