UNIVERSITY OF ANTARCTICA - ANTARCTICAN CURRENCY

1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes

In Antarctica, we have some of the most beautiful money in the world. The 1 is themed on wildlife, specifically the penguin and its habitat among the nooks and crannies of our continent.

On the reverse, we see penguins jumping into the nearly freezing waters off the Ross Ice Shelf, near the University's main campus at University Peak.

Here on the obverse of the 5 is the grandeur of Antarctica in all its glory- an icy inlet against the background of a rocky outcropping so typical of our coastline.

In this beautiful scene, please note the boat on top of the ice, which happens a lot here. Sailors bunk with baby Shamu and his friends; and watch for the seagulls (upper right) to find the way to land.

Richard Falcon Scott's famous quote: "Great God, this is an awful place... for God's sake, look after our people!" spoken not long before he left the worldly life. It is his grave on the 10, after nearly reaching the ultimate prize: the South Pole.

This map shows the entire continent. The University is to the south and on the right interior coast- of the Ross Sea. One can see that the geographically southernmost point in the world is slightly to the southwest of the geographic center of the continent.

Roald Amundsen, discoverer of the South Pole and the 'End of the Earth,' is featured on the 20 dollar note. A Norwegian, Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911.

On that fateful day, he planted his national flag into the ice, and his name into the history books. The fine artistry shown is one example why Antarcticans are so proud of their currency.

The 50 obverse depicts Antarctica's largest settlement, McMurno Station, near University Valley, Univ. Peak and the campus.

"Our governments, recognizing that it is in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used excusively for peaceful purposes, have agreed as follows..." The immortal words of the preamble to the Antarctic Treaty of 1961.

The 100 note, Antarctica's largest, celebrates its geophysical importance, and shows a thermal image depicting the coldness of the interior of the continent vs. the relative warmth of the coastlines- as the seas are, of course, regulators of temperature.

Finally, the reverse of the 100 Antarctican Dollar note shows the space heritage and technology of Antarctica... from a perspective that places the our home 'equatorially' instead of at the bottom of the world.

An Antarcica Dollar (1) is divisible into fourths by the 25 Krugerrand coin, and into halves by the 50 Krugerrand (KR) coin. These beautiful multi-coloured coins are some of the most expensive to strike in the world. There is no lesser value (such as a 'penny', all monetary exchange is done rounded to the nearest 25 Krugerrand piece. Thus, one does not find a price of 2.99, but 3. One does not find a price of 80.65 but 80.75.