Unique Gifts Commemorating the World's Most Spectacular Places

South Pole 2004 Pin
  • South Pole 2004 Pin
  • South Pole 2004 Pin
  • 1 1/8 inch diameter
  • Cast in fine pewter
  • Military clutch back
  • Mounted on story card
Place Name: South Pole 2004
Elevation: 9300 ft.
Coordinates: 90° South
Location: Antarctica
Each January first, the position of 90 degrees South is determined and marked with a five inch brass marker. Each year, day by day, the marker is carried away by the movement of the glacial ice cap. Traditionally, this marker has been machined on site from solid brass stock. This year, due to a shortage of strock created last year for the repair of one of the telscopes, the marker is bi-metallic--brass and bronze. This pewter medallion is inspired by that mark.
The design of this mark represents many elements. The continent of Antarctica sits on a star reminiscent of the ordinal points of a compass. The rays represent the number of persons wintering over and the Pole's one long day. The constellation, Southern Cross, represents the darkness.