Adamson Coin Launched
By World Coin News
Virginia McKenna, actress and founder of the
Born Free Foundation, visited the Pobjoy Mint
Jan. 27 to officially launch a coin to
commemorate the centenary of the birth of
Austrian naturalist and author Joy Adamson, who
is most renowned for her work with Elsa, the
lioness she raised from cub to independent
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of
Adamson’s book, Born Free, which was made into a
film of the same name. McKenna and Bill Travers,
who played Joy and George Adamson in the film,
established the Born Free Foundation in 1984 to
help save animals in captivity.
The $10 proof sterling silver coin, produced on
behalf of Sierra Leone, depicts lions on the
outer ring. A yellow-colored crystal with the
etched image of a lioness is set into the
center. The obverse features Sierra Leone’s coat
of arms. It is 38.60 mm in diameter, weighs
23.45 grams and has an issue limit is 5,000.
Pobjoy is donating £1 for every coin sold to
Born Free’s efforts in Africa.