Sealand Orca Killer Whale 1994 $0.5 Cupro-nickel Coin BU
This listing is for ONE BU:
PRINCIPALITY OF SEALAND
TREASURES OF THE SEA
ORCA KILLER WHALE (Orcinus orca)
1994 HALF DOLLAR CUNI COIN BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED
In 1994 Sealand issued a Proof silver dollar coin and a BU copper-nickel half dollar coin. Both coins show an Orca, also known as a Killer Whale, on one side and the Sealand Arms on the other. Both coins are 39mm in diameter. They are both interesting and attractive coins from a rather interesting "nation".
This listing is for the BU copper-nickel (CUNI) version.
Great additon for your collection or to start a coin collection for your child/grandchild!
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COIN HAS SUPERFICIAL NICKS AND SCRATCHES AND MAY HAVE SPOTTING, TONING, AND/OR OXIDATION RELATED TO AGE.
COIN YOU RECEIVE MAY VARY SOMEWHAT FROM THE ONE SHOWN IN PHOTO BUT WILL BE IN SAME GENERAL CONDITION.
PARDON REFLECTIONS IN PHOTO DUE TO COIN BEING HIGHLY REFLECTIVE -- YOU CAN SEE CAMERA LENS REFLECTED ON COIN.
THIS COIN IS SOLD OUT AT THE MINT!
According to Wikipedia, the mintage of this coin is 1111.
The orca or killer whale is a toothed whale that is an efficient predator, even attacking huge young blue whales. Their only enemy is human beings. Orcas live in small, close-knit, life-long pods and have 1 blowhole. The killer whale belongs to the family of dolphins and is the biggest dolphin. It is sometimes called the "wolf of the sea" because its behavior is similar to that of wolves.
Orcas grow to be about 27-33 feet (8-10 m) long, weighing more than 8,000-12,000 pounds (3.600-5.400 kg). The male orca is larger than the female. They are the largest member of the dolphin family.
You may have some difficulty finding Sealand on the map. That is because it is a self-declared nation located on an abandoned 10,000 square foot WWII era radar platform approximately 6 miles off the coast of England. Sealand was founded in 1967 when "Prince Roy" occupied the platform, declared it a sovereign nation, and set up a pirate radio station. Though the British government tried to shut down the operation, the British courts held that Sealand was located in international waters and beyond the government's jurisdiction, so he was free to operate his own "nation". Since then the British government opened the country up to commercial radio, which killed off Sealands main revenue source. In 1978 the "country" was invaded and occupied by a German businessman over a contract dispute, however it was soon retaken by force under the leadership of "Prince Roy." Sealand now hosts internet services for those who want their internet activities to be beyond the reach of any national government.
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