Regin of Grand Duke
Travis I [Travis McHenry] 02nd Nov 2001 - 14th Jan 2006
GRAND DUCHY OF WESTARCTICA: In August 2001, “an enterprising young man”
named Travis McHenry (this resident of Norfolk, Virginia “is descended from
the High Kings of Ireland and is a direct descendant of Patrick McHenry,
Baron of Dunluce in the 1600s. Travis retains this title and is known
throughout the United Kingdom as Baron Dunluce.”) discovered that a large
wedge-shaped portion of Antarctica, known as Marie Byrd Land, in West/Lesser
Antarctica was the only unclaimed sector of the continent.
This unclaimed territory
is from 90°W to 150°W
(except the Peter I Island). Upon further research, “he realizes
that the Antarctic Treaty only prevents governments from issuing new claims
to Antarctic lands, but does not prevent individuals acting on their own
accord from doing such. He resolves to claim the area
for himself, his family and his friends.” His “first and most immediate
concern became the future of this untamed area. I decided to prevent any
greedy corporation from polluting the territory by claiming it as my own.”
At first, Consul-General McHenry calls his unheld chunk of western
Antarctica (including all its seas and ice shelves) the “New Land Claim”,
but later changes the name to the Achaean Territory (in honor of the heroes
in “The Iliad”). On October 31, 2001, he signs a claimant letter declaring
his intention to establish the Achaean Territory of Antarctica. But the
actual date of the foundation of the Achaean Territory is November 2nd,
2001: McHenry secures his possessor ship by notifying nine world governments of
his actions and intentions; he sends this letter to the polar administration
offices of Russia, France, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile,
the United States, and the United Kingdom. They did not challenge him in his
endeavors, so McHenry presumed his claim was valid. On June 10th, 2004, the
Consul-General dissolves the Chancellery and proclaims the establishment of
an interim/provisional government — a sovereign Grand Duchy named Westarctica. Travis McHenry assumes the position of Grand Duke. On June 13,
2004, His Eminence “has an epiphany” and pledges to make the new Grand Duchy
a Christian nation. Their Constitution, the Grand Ducal Mandate, is decreed
on June 30th, 2004.
Capital: Peter I Island (claimed by Norway). There are about 200 foreign
scientists working and living within the Grand Duchy's borders.
Dependencies: Balleny Islands, Overseas Territory.
Independence: 2 November 2001 (as Achaean Territory).
Constitution: Grand Ducal Mandate decreed 30 June 2004.
Since June 2002, the Monarchy has been split into two major Grand Duchies:
the Duchy of Ellsworth and the Duchy of Byrd. There are also ten other minor
regions (Marquisates, Baronies, Vicounties). “The citizens of Westarctica do
not currently reside within its geographic borders, but a relocation project
has been underway since 2003 to build new cities and restore old research
stations for use as living and working quarters.” Eventually, however, other
pursuits came Travis’ way. “I was no longer able to function as the ruler of
my icy domain, and therefore I passed responsibility for leadership onto the
most capable of my many noblemen.” On January 14, 2006, Travis abdicated his
throne and transferred the title, office, and all responsibilities of Grand
Duke to the former Duke of Ravencroft (Minister of Information), who was
subsequently crowned as Grand Duke Philip of Westarctica. The two men signed
declarations of succession, which made the changeover official. “HSM Grand
Duke Philip vows to continue on the path that his predecessor has started us
all upon, working towards recognition of Westarctica as a fully-functional
and operational world government/entity.” According to Travis, who has not
been involved with the project for a number of years, “the project was a
success in some ways…The amount of people I was able to attract was pretty
impressive, towards the end, we had a citizen count of over 50 people. The
current Grand Duke has shut down the website [http://www.westarctica.com/]
due to increasing maintenance costs and has informed me that the project is
no longer functioning as an active government, although he still considers
himself the heir of the claim to the territory.”
Furthermore, the older Achaean Territory site still exists and is
“maintained for a historical record”: http://www.geocities.com/achaeanterritory/.
Westarctica's first 3 coins, all of them versions of the 2005 1 Westarctican
Dollar (WA$1), are made of timber: one commemorates the 75th anniversary of
Richard E. Byrd's first expedition; another shows three emperor penguins;
another celebrates their Constitution, and the date in which it was adopted.
Westarctican Dollars. Grand Duke Travis I.
Material: Nickel-plated, colorfully
adorned with green and yellow
enameled. Mintage: 175.
Edge type: Plain.
was a website dedicated to the Westarctica country which is yet to be
recognized by the entire world. The website is no longer
functional. This website displayed the
country’s national anthem, constitution, and a photo of the His Serene
Majesty Grand Duke Travis, the ruler of this small country.
The constitution has in total 7 chapters and 63 Articles. The website, maintained by the Duke of Raven croft, proclaimed by the Grand
Duke as a member of the Nobility and the Minister of Information for the Westarctica Monarchy, is a well designed one and provides good historical
details of the Duke and His Majesty’s ancestors.
The preamble of the country’s constitution says that His Serene Majesty,
Grand Duke Travis, desiring peace, solidarity and prosperity for the
continent of Antarctica; hereby establishes the Grand Duchy of Westarctica
in the former Achaean Territory of Antarctica (He resolves to claim the area
for himself, his family and his friends. At this time, Travis calls it the
“New Land Claim.” The name is later changed to the Achaean Territory, in
honor of the heroes of The Iliad, which Travis is reading at the time).
Grand Duke Travis was born
(birthday 04th June) and resides in the United
States. During his teenage years, Travis worked as a sales associate for his
father’s company where he learned the in and outs of business. From 1997 to
2000 he pursued his University career at Bloomsburg University of
Pennsylvania where he dual majored in Theatre Arts and Anthropology. He
abandoned a successful career in acting to join the military in early 2001. Between 2001 and 2004, he completed three successful
naval deployments and fought in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Iraqi
Freedom, earning numerous honors and awards. He was also a part of the
operation to remove President Taylor from power in Liberia in 2003. Travis
was installed as the Consul-General of the Achaean Territory Antarctica on November 2, 2001. His coronation took
place (before the formal independence papers had been signed) in a castle of
Alexander the Great in Marmaris, Turkey. The crown used in the ceremony was
made of solid 14kt gold and handcrafted by local Turkish jeweler Ferhat
Ozyalcin. On June 6, 2004, Grand Duke Travis became a Christian
(as evidenced in his 13 June 2004 public letter) and shortly after he
formally reorganized the Achaean Territory into the Grand Duchy of Westarctica. His Serene Majesty married Cathryn, the Marquise of Walgreen,
on November 13, 2004. They have one heir, His Serene Highness Archduke
Ashton Roman McHenry. Grand Duke Travis is continuing his education, taking
courses through Harvard Business School Online. He has keen love for the
out of doors and he spends most of his leisure time hiking through the dense
wilderness of North America. His favorite sporting activities include golf,
sailing, and shooting. He also likes music; especially classical and
contemporary Christian music, fine art, opera, and theatre. Personal
Significant Events in the History of Westarctica:
17 May 2005: Treaty of
mutual recognition, cooperation, and friendship is signed with the Republic
05 May 2005: Statute for the Autonomy of the Balleny Islands is approved by
20 April 2005: Westarctica's first postage stamps are produced.
18 April 2005: His Majesty writes to the Presidents of Laos and Eritrea
requesting the immediate release of two religious prisoners being because of
their Christian faith.
25 Dollars 2006 CuNi. Diameter: 39 mm.
Mintage: 100 pieces. Similarly Molossia issued a 50 Valora CuNi coin dated 2006 to show an
evidence of mutual friendship.
17 April 2005: While visiting Spain, the Grand Duchess discovers that she is
pregnant with a second heir to the Westarctican throne.
06 April 2005: Prince Rainier III, a Knight in the Noble Order of Westarctica, dies. His Serene Highness is the first Knight of Westarctica to
pass away. The Knighthood is given to his son, Prince Albert II.
02 April 2005: Pope John Paul II is posthumously made a Knight Commander of
the Holy Order of The Cross.
23 March 2005: Theologian Roger Kuiper of the Mars Sovereignty project is
given a title and lands in Westarctica. Risen to the rank of Duke, he is
also appointed Minister of Theocratic Affairs and Minister of the Interior.
01 March 2005: Central Bank of Westarctica is formally established.
March 2005: COLORS Magazine, an international publication, reports that Westarctica's claim to Antarctic land is as valid as any nation in the
21 February 2005: The Viscount of Reynolds, Justin Rich, is disbarred from
the Baronage due to his lack of ability.
12 February 2005: The Grand Duke of Luxembourg writes a short letter
thanking Grand Duke Travis for his sympathies.
17 February 2005: Grand Duke Travis sends a letter of support to the King of
Nepal in response to his efforts to eliminate the Maoist insurgents from
Nepal. King Gyanendra is made an honorary Knight in the Noble Order of
13 February 2005: The Cabinet and Baronage are reorganized to accommodate
upcoming land sale plan.
14 January 2005: Westarctica formally annexes the Balleny Islands from New
11 January 2005: The Royal Family sends a letter of condolence to Grand Duke
Henri of Luxembourg concerning the passing of his mother.
22 November 2004: Requests for diplomatic recognition are sent to the
governments of Taiwan, Latvia, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
20 November 2004: Knighthood in the Noble Order of Westarctica is bestowed
on 11 reigning monarchs from around the world.
13 November 2004: The Statue of Autonomy for the Viscounty of Siple is
approved by the Grand Duke. It establishes a legislative branch within the
Viscounty and increases the Viscount's power over his region.
13 November 2004: The Grand Duke marries Cathryn, the Marquise of Walgreen,
in a private ceremony. She is officially proclaimed the Grand Duchess.
01 October 2004: All new titles are officially confirmed.
15 July 2004: The Grand Duke issues a strongly worded demarche to the
President of Sudan through the Sudanese ambassador to the United States.
30 June 2004: The Grand Ducal Mandate is passed into law and becomes the
constitution of the Grand Duchy of Westarctica. Grand Duke Travis abolishes
all the old titles and appoints new members of the Baronage and nobility.
13 June 2004: The Interim Grand Duke has an epiphany of a cross with a crown
around it and is inspired to design the new flag, he also publicly repents
for his sins and pledges to make the new Grand Duchy a Christian nation.
10 June 2004: The Consul-General dissolves the Chancellery and proclaims the
establishment of an interim government. He will become Grand Duke of the
Grand Duchy of Westarctica.
06 June 2004: The Consul-General repents his past sins, placing his devotion
in the Holy Trinity. Becomes a Christian.
05 June 2004: His Eminence has a “religious experience” with Cathryn, the
future Marquise of Walgreen and changes his views on Christianity.
11 May 2004: The Consular-Consort is disbarred from the nobility and exiled
from the Achaean Territory. The Prince Imperial still retains his right to
12 February 2004: An ambitious usurper calling himself “Lord Protector of
Antarctica,” attempts to claim a portion of the Walgreen coast for himself
and his family. He is offered an Earldom encompassing the approximate area
and liberal freedom to appoint nobles under him. The man refuses and
correspondence is ceased.
10 February 2004: The Prince Imperial, and heir to the throne, Ashton Roman,
is born to the Consular-Consort.
25 September 2003: The Consular-Consort is appointed.
30 June 2003: The Consul-General returns from the deployment to Iraq, a
19 June 2003: The Earldom of Truett is established in the Rockefeller
Dukedom and ruled by Jeffery Truett.
17 March 2003: The U.S. declared war on Iraq with the support of Britain,
Spain and Bulgaria. The Consul-General is on a ship 65 miles off the coast
of Iraq. The Achaean Territory is officially neutral, but supports the war.
His Eminence has the primary mission of Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection
analyst. He is to receive a letter of commendation from the admiral for his
12 January 2003: The Consul-General is deployed to the Persian Gulf in
anticipation of war with Iraq.
22 December 2002: Achaean Royal Charter is promulgated throughout the
05 December 2002: Achaean Royal Charter is decreed by the Consul-General.
02 November 2002: First anniversary of the issuance of the claimant letter,
no nation has yet challenged it.
10 August 2002: Achaean Civil Code is promulgated throughout the Territory.
02 August 2002: Achaean Civil Code is decreed by the Consul-General and the
26 March 2002: Battle Hymn of the Civil Defense Force is written.
June 2002: The Consul-General restructures the Nobility and the Achaean
Territory is split into two Grand Duchies. George Morin is appointed Grand
Duke of Ellsworth and the Grand Duchy of Byrd is saved for the future heir
to the throne. Duke of Walgreen's lands increase twofold.
28 January 2002: The Radlinski Earldom is established in the Whitmore
Dukedom and granted to the Countess Jeanne Morin, sister of the Duke of
15 November 2001: First appointments are made: George Morin, Duke of
Ellsworth; Joseph Day, Duke of Walgreen; Neil Whitmoyer, Duke of Whitmore;
Benjamin King, Duke of Rockefeller. All members accept their titles except
Benjamin, who chooses to have nothing to do with the administration.
02 November 2001: The claimant letter is sent to the polar administration
offices of Russia, France, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile,
the United States, and the United Kingdom. Actual date of the foundation of
the Achaean Territory.
31 October 2001: Consul-General Travis signs the claimant letter declaring
his intention to establish the Achaean Territory of Antarctica in Western
October 2001: Travis spends the month corresponding with scientists in
Antarctica to brainstorm possibilities for building an infrastructure and
attempting to find out more about living and working on the continent.
August 2001: While doing research on obscure parts of the world, Travis
discovers that a large slice of Antarctica, known as Marie Byrd Land,
Western Antarctica, or Lesser Antarctica is the only piece of the continent
not claimed by a world government. Researching the possibilities further, he
realizes that the Antarctic Treaty only prevents governments from issuing
new claims to Antarctic lands, but does not prevent individuals acting on
their own accord from doing such.
GOVERNMENT OF THE BALLENY ISLANDS: Located in the peri-Antarctic
region (islands and archipelagos situated outside/north of the Antarctic
Convergence Zone), they form part of the Ross Dependency, which is claimed
by New Zealand. All the Westarctica coins were minted by: Central Bank of
the Grand Duchy of Westarctica through the idea of Mr. Jorge Fernández Vidal,
of A Coruña, a city in an autonomous region of northwestern Spain named
Galicia. He learned about these islands on the Internet, while he was trying
to find claimable land in Antarctica to serve as a “base” for his numismatic
undertaking. “I settled on the Balleny Islands coin-project in March 2004”.
He also discovered, based on a close reading of the Antarctic Treaty (signed
in Washington D.C. on 1 December 1959 and entered into force/ratified on 23
June 1961) and a few related articles, that the islands perhaps did not
belong to New Zealand after all, and were therefore still up for grabs. The
Balleny islands were not a part of New Zealand's claim to begin with; only
subsequent to signing the Treaty did New Zealand assert its right to the
lands in question. In Mr. Vidal's view, they were still surrounded by
international waters, “officially unclaimed. A beautiful free land to mint a
coin.” Soon afterwards, he stumbled upon the Westarctica Web-site. He was
amazed, and applied for citizenship. Luckily, the Balleny Islands were
clearly outside of the official Westarctican “wedge”, and had not been
included in McHenry's claim. On Westarctica's major map, they were shown as
being in the neighboring, N.Z. slice of the chilly, white pie. Mr. Vidal
also asked the Grand Duke if he intended to mint a coin; sure enough, he was
told that Westarctica was actually seeking a “head” to be in charge of a
numismatic project. This was, of course, a perfect role for Mr. Vidal, who
became Westarctica's Minister of the Treasury (he was responsible for
minting all of the Westarctica coins listed above. McHenry’s “involvement
was limited to some creative input and final approval of the coin designs.”
The two gentlemen “had an arrangement whereby Jorge would accept 100% of the
risk in minting” and Travis “would get three copies of every coin set as a
‘tribute.’”). So this is how a serendipitous union of two separate projects
came to pass. Balleny became a colony of Westarctica when Westarctica
formally annexed it from New Zealand on January 14, 2005. Mr. Vidal was
appointed its Governor, and Balleny was given special status/autonomy. He
was granted another title: Count of Sturge.
Balleny Islands Bronze Essai $1.
Map of the Balleny Islands.Reverse:
Arms of the Balleny Islands. Year: 2005. Mintage: 150 Only.
Weight: 10 g.
Diameter: 25.4 mm.
Edge type: Plain.
Balleny Islands Silver Essai $1.
Map of the Balleny Islands.Reverse:
Arms of the Balleny Islands. Year: 2005. Mintage: 20 pieces. Diameter: 25.4 mm.
Edge type: Plain.
The obverse of the 2005 Balleny $1 coin bears the Westarctica coat-of-arms.
The reverse depicts the groups's three main volcanic islands: Young, Buckle, and Sturge (as a tribute to John Balleny, the map chosen by Mr. Vidal is based
on the first one made of the region by that English sealer/whaling captain
The English whaling captains John Balleny and Thomas Freeman first sighted
the group in 1839: Freeman was the first person to land on any of the
islands on February 09 1839, and it was the first landing south of the
Antarctic Circle. The words “Westarctica Territories” further confirm Balleny's
ties to its adoptive Grand Duchy. It is to be used solely in the Ballany
Island colony and its
dependencies. Total area of 781.8 km². Highest point: Russel Peak (1524m) on
Sturge Island. Buckle Island and the nearby Sabrina Islet are home to
several colonies of Adelie and Chinstrap
penguins. The islands form part of the Ross Dependency, claimed by New
The Balleny Islands (66°55'S, 163°45'E) form a chain of uninhabited, mainly
volcanic, islands in the Southern Ocean stretching from 66°15' to 67°35'S
and 162°30' to 165°00'E. The group forms a chain that extends for about 160
km in a northwest-southeast direction. The islands are heavily glaciated and
are of volcanic origin. Ice tongues project from their slopes into the sea.
The islands were formed by the Balleny hotspot.
The islands and rocks from north to south:
Young Island and satellite islets,
Borradaile Island (with Swan Base, a shelter hut),
Beale Pinnacle, Buckle Island and satellite islets,
Scott Cone, Eliza Cone, Chinstrap Islet, Sabrina Island (with Sabrina
Refuge, a shelter hut),
The Monolith and
Sturge Island (no satellite islets),
GOVERNMENT OF PETER I ISLAND:
Located in the Bellinghausen Sea, and claimed
by Norway. It is the only oceanic island in the extreme South Pacific zone
of the Southern Ocean.
Peter I Island (in Norwegian Peter 1.s øy) is a volcanic island located near
Antarctica. It was discovered by Fabian von Bellingshausen off West
Antarctica on January 21, 1821. It takes its name after the Russian emperor
Peter I. Ola Olstad made the first successful landing on February 02, 1929
and claimed the island for Norway. The other Antarctic territory claimed by
Norway is Queen Maud Land. Peter I Island is the only Antarctic claim area
under the Antarctic Treaty that is not a sector.
The island has an area of 243 km² and reaches a height of 1755 metres on
Lars Christensen Peak, which is a volcano. It is not known whether it is
extinct or not, for the upper part is apparently unmodified by glaciation.
It lies approximately 450 km from Eights Coast. It is surrounded by pack ice
except for a brief period in late summer, and is 95% glaciated.
GOVERNMENT OF THURSTON ISLAND:
This (72°06'S, 99°00'W) is an ice-covered, glacially dissected offshore
island 215 km long, 90 km wide and 15,700 km² in area in West Antarctica,
within the Antarctic Circle. Situated between the Bellinghausen and Amundsen Seas, it lies a short way off the NW
end of Ellsworth Land and is separated from the mainland by Peacock Sound.
According to the terms of the Antarctic Treaty, all islands south of 60°S
latitude don't belong to any country; this includes all of the antarctic
islands (those in the Southern Ocean or in the seas around Antarctica south
of the Antarctic Circle) and some of the sub-antarctic islands (those in the
Southern Ocean around Antarctica north of the Antarctic Circle).
It is the third largest island of Antarctica, after Alexander Island and Berkner
Island. The island is separated from the mainland by Peacock Sound, which is
occupied by the western portion of Abbot Ice Shelf.
The island was discovered from the air by Rear Admiral Byrd on February 27,
1940, who named it for W. Harris Thurston, New York textile manufacturer,
designer of the windproof "Byrd Cloth" and sponsor of Antarctic expeditions.
Originally charted as a peninsula, the feature was not recognised an island
This coin has also been produced in Bronze (450
pieces), Copper (10 pieces) and Silver (30 pieces).
Regin of Grand Duke
Philip I [Philip Karns] 14th Jan 2006 - 30th Jun 2008
14 January 2006
Royal Decree of the Abdication of
Grand Duke Travis I of Westarctica
In light of repeated requests by
my family to give up the rudder of state that I have hewn from the ice of
the Antarctic continent and focus instead on the lordship of the Barony of
Dunluce Castle and the leadership of the McHenry Family Clan, I hereby
abdicate the royal throne of Westarctica and forfeit the right of succession
for my sons and all my descendants.
As I do not wish to place
unrealistic burdens on my beloved son Archduke Ashton, I hereby transmit the
right of succession and the office of Grand Duke of Westarctica to Philip
Karns, Duke of Ravencroft, Minister of Information, and Knight of the Order
of Merit. I direct him to conduct the affairs of state in full and
inviolable union with the representatives of the nobles in the Baronage on
those principles which have been established, and on which he will take an
I now quit altogether public
affairs and I lay down my burden of state. I shall always follow the
fortunes of Westarctica with profound interest, and if at any time in the
future I can be found of service to His Majesty in a private station, I
shall not fail.
And now, there is a new Grand
Duke. I wish him and you, his people, happiness and prosperity with all my
heart. God save Westarctica! God save the Grand Duke!
Given under my hand on this day,
Travis, former Grand Duke of
A picture of Grand Duke Philip
and Grand Duchess Melinda of Westarctica.
Whilst in power, it seems that Grand Duke Philip launched a “replacement”
Web-site. According to the Mission Statement found at the Westarctica
Ministry of the Environment (http://www.freewebs.com/westarcticadevelopment/index.htm),
“At this point in time none of you probably have been present in our
homeland. Our government is one in exile. Still Westarctica is much more
than yet another micronation. Our nation is more than just a few web pages
on the internet.
A lot of work is being done behind the scenes. Very
dedicated people are trying to realise the founding of a new country.
Westantarctica will become a wonderful place to life. Some describe the
surroundings of Antarctica and it's nature as a piece of heaven on earth.
But there is a big threat to that nice picture of our nation's surroundings
and it's future. Although one of the harshest environments on the planet, Westarctica is also one of the most vulnerable, we must feel committed to
protect for our next generation of Westarcticans. Despite the vastness of
our country, and its harsh climate, the Westarctic environment is very
vulnerable to human impact. Without controls, those who come to visit this
wilderness as tourists, scientists or in support roles, may damage the very
values that attract them. To protect the Westarctica species of animals we
established the Ministry of the Environment.”
(72°40'S, 099°45'W) is an ice-covered island of Antarctica
about 51 km long and 16 km wide, lying south of Thurston Island in the
middle of Peacock Sound. The feature rises above the Abbot Ice Shelf which
occupies the sound.
Year : 2006. Material: Copper-Nickel / Silver plating.
Diameter: 39 mm. Mintage: 200 pieces
Year : 2006.
Material: Copper-Nickel / Gold plating.
Diameter: 39 mm.
Mintage: 10 pieces
It's a commemorative coin of the explorer Roald Amundsen
1872 - 1928 (the Sherman Island
is in the Amundsen Sea). The coat
of arms of Westarctica, and the letters (WT) in the front, and they're part
of the WESTARCTICAN TERRITORIES issues (to avoid further claims over their
CARNEY ISLAND: The coins have been made in 2.5 Westarctican
Dollar 39mm diameter dated 2007 in Copper-nickel/ Gold plating (10 pieces)
and Copper-nickel/ Silver plating (200 pieces).
Carney Island (73°57'S, 121°00'W) is an ice-covered formation,
110 km long and about 8,500 km² in area, with all but its
northern coast lying within the Getz Ice Shelf. It is located between Siple
Island and Wright Island along the coast of Marie Byrd Land, in West
Antarctica. The Getz Ice Shelf is an extensive icy platform located along
the Hobbs and Bakutis coasts of Marie Byrd Land (ice shelves are permanent,
floating sheets of super-thick ice that are attached to land and are
constantly fed by glaciers). The Getz Ice Shelf, which stretches out into
the Amundsen Sea, is held in position by Carney Island other nearby islands.
Also a $10 coin 26mm diameter dated 2008 has been produced in
Copper-nickel-brass (100 pieces) on the current ruler
of Westarctica Grand Duke Philip I.
GRANT, SIPLE, PINE and BURK ISLANDS:
Triangle coins dated 2008 of 25 Westarctican cents for Grant, Siple, Pine and Burk
Islands in copper has also been produced. Each having a shape of
33.2mm x 16.8mm. and Mintage: 200 pieces. Grant Island coin features the
Antarctic Skua (Catharacta antarctica) is often referred to as Brown Skua.
Siple Island features a Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii), a coastal bird
sometimes erroneously called the Red-billed Gull. Pine Island features the
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), whic is the second largest species
of penguin at about 90 cm (3 ft) tall and weighing 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35
lb), second only to the Emperor Penguin. Burk Island features the
sheathbills. They are confined to Antarctic regions, and are the only
Antarctic birds without webbed feet. Together all
these four triangle forms a square of 35 mm x 35 mm
and combined value of one Westarctican Dollar. These islands are considered
to be part of Westarctican Territories.
Grant Island is an ice-covered island, 20 miles long and 10 miles wide,
lying 5 miles east of the smaller Shepard Island off the coast of Marie Byrd
Land, Antarctica. Grant Island is located at 74°28'S, 131°35'W. Grant Island
was discovered by personnel on the USS Glacier on February 4, 1962.
Siple Island is a 110 km long snow-covered island lying east of Wrigley Gulf
along the Getz Ice Shelf off Bakutis Coast of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica.
Its centre is located at 73°39'S, 125°12'W. Its area is 6,390 km² and it is
dominated by the dormant shield volcano Mount Siple, rising to 3,110 m -
making this the 17th ranking island in the world by maximum altitude.
Pine Island (75°10'S, 100°0'W) is a broad glacier flowing west-northwest
along the south side of the Hudson Mountains into Pine Island Bay, Amundsen
Sea, Antarctica. It was discovered in December 1946.
Burk Island (aka Burke Island) is an ice-covered island about 16 miles long
and 6 miles wide, lying 37 miles southwest of Cape Waite, King Peninsula, in
the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. Burk Island is located at 73.13° S 105.1° W.
It was discovered in January 1960.
The Westarctica coins, were designed and produced by Mr Jorge Vidal, a
member of the USNS, who also serves as Westarctica’s Minister of the
Mr. Vidal has rapidly become an ubiquitous presence in our corner of
“unusual” numismatics. His laudable contributions are ongoing, and he has
already made such a positive impact in our hobby that we may even have to
start referring to our micronational/fantasy coins as those having been
issued B.J.E. (Before the Jorge Era) and A.J.E. (After the Jorge Era). Mr.
Vidal has lent a helping hand to several aspiring coin-makers: “Sometimes,
enthusiasts with a nice project cannot mint a coin, because they do not have
the resources or because they don't know how to do it.” When these folks
lack the sufficient wherewithal (the proper channels of distribution, time)
Mr. Vidal is able to offer them whatever help they require, even “designing,
producing, and distributing some of the coins.” As of November 2007, Mr.
Vidal finally has his own Web-site, where we can marvel at this pre-eminent
numismatist’s ever-expanding output/catalogue:
Regin of Grand Duke
Jon-Lawrence Langer 30th Jun 2008 - 03rd Jun 2010
According to Jon-Lawrence Langer: "I am the third man
to serve as the Grand Duke of Westarctica. I designed the blazon for
Westarctica that appears on many of our country's coins. During the reign of
Travis I, I held the title of Duke of Byrd and served in the Cabinet as
Westarctica's Herald. During the reign of Phillip I my holdings were renamed
as the Duchies of Moulton and Berlin. I have created a new website for
Westarctica at Westarctica.org."
He resides in Pennsylvania, USA like Phillip I. His
full title is known as: Jon-Lawrence, Lord of Morrow, Duke of
Moulton-Berlin, Count of Byrd, Baron of Baldwin and Schuylkill, Knight
Comander of the Order of the Holy Cross, and Grand Knight of the Holy Order
of Saints, Cavalier of the Order of Cravant Dragoons 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
According to Travis I: "Jon-Lawrence was an integral
part of getting Westarctica up and running in the early days and he has been
a loyal (and active) supporter for a very long time. When Grand Duke
Philip's leadership began to falter, Jon-Lawrence offered to pick up the
reigns of government, and with the consent of both myself and Philip, he has
been installed as the third Grand Duke of Westarctica."
Shepard Island and Wright Island are uninhabited, ice
covered islands that are part of the Westarctica Territories. Westarctica
has produced 5 Dollars coin on each of these Islands, dated 2009. They have
39mm in diameter, struck in a nickel alloy and have a mintage of only 200
pieces each. The Shepard Island issue pictures a bird while the Wright
Island issue pictures a whale. A map of Antarctica and the Westarctican arms
are on the reverse of both coins.
On June 3rd, 2010 the founder of Westarctica, Travis
McHenry resumed power after removing Jon-Lawrence Langer as head of state
after several micronational disputes and complaints. McHenry abolished the
grand duchy and replaced it by the Protectorate of Westarctica. Together
with this reforms Westarctica adopted a new flag, reduced the claim land and
joined the Antarctic Micronational Union (AMU).