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Falkland Islands Commemorative
Release Date - 8th December 2014
Centenary of the Battle of the Falklands Islands
The origin of the Battle of the Falkland Islands stems from an earlier engagement between the Royal and Imperial German Navies on 1 November 1914 of Coronel in Chile, which led to the British loss of 2 Armoured Cruisers and 1570 men versus the 3 wounded men on the German side. The engagement lasted over four hours and led to the expenditure of approximately 50% of the German ammunition. The defeat was such that the British dispatched more ships to the South Atlantic to protect their interests.
Just over a month later, on 8 December 1914, the German Squadron under Admiral Maximilian von Spee arrived off the Falklands with a plan to harry the Royal Navy’s supply base at Stanley, unbeknownst to him that a new British squadron, under Rear Admiral Doveton Sturdee, had arrived in the area the day before.
The British were undertaking maintenance and coaling their ships when the message arrived from Fitzroy that the German squadron had been sighted heading East. Orders were given to make steam and sail.
South Georgia Commemorative
Release Date 14th October 2014
History of Reindeer
In 1911 Lauritz Larsen, the manager of the Ocean Harbour whaling station, and his brother CA Larsen, introduced ten reindeer to the Barff Peninsula as a reminder of home and for recreational hunting. In a letter to the then Magistrate (Edward Binnie), CA Larsen wrote “I feel sure they will thrive and become prolific in time, if they are left alone, which would most assuredly be an asset to South Georgia”. Further introductions were made to the Busen Area in 1911 and 1925 and, as Larsen suggested, the reindeer thrived.
South Georgia Commemorative
Release Date 5th November 2014
Heroes of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (Weddell Sea party 1914–16) is considered by some the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. By 1914 both Poles had been reached so Shackleton set his sights on being the first to traverse Antarctica.
The plan was for the Ross Sea party, who travelled aboard the Aurora to a base at Cape Evans (Scott's HQ during the Terra Nova Expedition), to lay a series of supply depots to the base of the Beardmore Glacier and then return to the base. Meanwhile Shackleton would take Endurance into the Weddell Sea, make his way to the South Pole and then to the Ross Sea via the Beardmore Glacier (to pick up the supplies). Although the expedition failed to accomplish its objective it became recognised instead as an epic feat of endurance.