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Coin marks Shackleton rescue

ShackletonOne hundred years ago one of the greatest survival stories in exploration concluded with the rescue of the remaining members of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have marked the centenary by striking a sterling silver proof £2.

His ship, Endurance, is on the reverse.

Shackleton had made two previous trips to the Antarctic. He would eventually die in South Georgia during yet another expedition in 1922. He is buried there.

The 38.60 mm, 28.28 g commemorative proof has a mintage of 2,000. A similar sized cupronickel version has a 10,000 mintage.

 

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