Humpback whales are one of the most majestic marine mammals found in Alaska. These large whales can grow up to 16 meters in length and weigh as much as 36,000 kilograms. Every summer, humpback whales migrate from their winter breeding grounds in Hawaii and Mexico to the rich feeding grounds of Alaska’s coastal waters. The nutrient-rich waters provide abundant food sources such as krill, herring, and other small fish for the humpback whales to feed on. Humpback whales are known for their acrobatic displays, including breaching, tail slapping, and flipper waving, making them a popular sight for whale watchers in Alaska. However, despite their impressive size and resilience, humpback whales face threats from human activities such as entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, and noise pollution.
This medallion designed by Alaskan Artist Christy Matthews is available in pure copper, golden bronze, 1 oz .999 fine silver, 1 oz single gold relief (24k plating on the front of the silver coin) and 1 oz double gold relief (24k gold plating on both sides). It is similar in size to a silver dollar and comes packaged in an airtight container and handsome gift box. The reverse features our popular “Land of the Midnight Sun” design.