30 years of protecting the Antarctic environment
The Antarctic Treaty is recognized as one of the most successful international agreements, setting an example of peaceful cooperation for the benefit of all. 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty which provides for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment.
Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of two beautiful new £ 2 coins in the name of the British Antarctic Territory to commemorate the anniversary. As you can see, the base metal bimetal strike comes in special educational packaging, while the silver gilding strike will come in a plush red box with a packaging pouch featuring the same graphics as the card. .
The protocol on environmental protection is purely 20e document of the century. The fact that nearly a dozen countries have accepted its constraints is quite astonishing. It was signed in Madrid on October 4, 1991 and entered into force in 1998. It designates Antarctica as a “nature reserve, dedicated to peace and science”. Article 3 of the Protocol sets out the basic principles applicable to human activities in Antarctica and Article 7 prohibits all activities related to Antarctic mineral resources except for scientific purposes.
The protection of native flora and fauna has been a concern of the Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty from the beginning. Article 3.2 of the Environmental Protocol provides that the activities to be undertaken in Antarctica must be planned and carried out in such a way as to avoid “detrimental changes in the distribution, abundance or productivity of species or populations of species of fauna and flora ”and“ another danger to endangered species or threatened species or populations of such species ”.
Annex II of the Protocol sets out specific measures to give effect to this provision and provides for several different mechanisms to protect Antarctic species, including: prohibition of taking (removing) and making harmful interference, except in accordance with a permit ; restrictions on the introduction of non-native species, except by permit; and the designation of specially protected species.
Fittingly, these two-pound coins from the British Antarctic Territory feature a seal and a Ross puppy, a species specifically mentioned in Annex II (Flora and Fauna) of the Protocol and therefore a perfect choice to represent on the 30e Birthday coins. The obverse of the coins features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
Struck in bimetallic base metal and fine silver proof, the 30e The anniversary coins of the Environmental Protection Protocol are limited to mintage of 3,750 and 275 respectively. Pobjoy Mint recommended retail prices are set at around $ 25 for the wrapped bimetallic and around $ 75 for the silver proof.