Orcas, also known as killer whales, are a highly intelligent and social species of toothed whale found in Alaska’s coastal waters. These large black and white marine mammals can weigh up to 6 tonnes and are known for their powerful hunting abilities, often preying on other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even other whales. Alaska is home to several different ecotypes of orcas, including resident, transient, and offshore populations, each with their own unique diet, vocalizations, and behavior patterns. Orcas are a popular sight for whale watchers in Alaska, but like many marine mammals, they face threats such as pollution, climate change, and disturbances from human activities. Despite being referred to as killer whales, orcas are actually highly social animals with complex family structures and sophisticated communication skills.
Designed by Alaskan artist Christy Matthews, this medallion 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.