Friday, November 11, 2011

Centenary of Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition Honored with Coin

The 100th anniversary (i.e. centenary) of Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition end is coming up in 2012 (the 100th anniversary of beginning was back in 2010).  To honor the Centenary of Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition a Commemorative Coin has been issued by the Treasury of the British Overseas Territory of Antarctica.  This special coin is the third British Antarctic Territory commemorative coin.

The Terra Nova Expedition was somewhat of a failure in that the mission was to reach the South Pole first.  Scott and four men did successfully reach the South Pole on January 17, 1912.  Amundsen beat them by 33 days and none of the Terra Nova pole party survived the trek back from the South Pole.  However, the Terra Nova expedition is still one of the early British expeditions that helped form the tradition of British involvement in discovery and research that continues to this day in the Antarctic.

Learn more about the coins features and see images here.

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