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Falkland Islands Commemorates 30 Years of Conservation Work with “Sea Bass” Titanium Coin

1 Crown - Pobjoy Mint - Patagonian Toothfish

Pobjoy Mint continues to bring titanium coins to collectors of World Coins

  • NEW Coloured Titanium coin featuring an unusual fish!
  • Titanium 7,500 mintage – Cupro Nickel 10,000 Mintage
  • Raising Awareness of endangered fish populations
  • Produced in Britain by Pobjoy Mint manufacturer of luxury coins
  • First EVER Titanium coins produced on behalf on the Falkland Islands!

The Coin

In recognition of 30 years of work conducted by Falkland Islands Fisheries Department (FIS) to help maintain fish populations around the Falkland Islands, Pobjoy Mint is releasing a new coloured titanium coin featuring the Patagonian Toothfish in an eddy of water.

As Titanium reacts differently with every strike, each Patagonian Toothfish coin is technically different and varies slightly in color. There is also a lined effect that is present on the coins which is unique to this metal. The obverse features the Pobjoy exclusive effigy design of HM Queen Elizabeth II in exceptional detail.

Behind the Coin

The Patagonian Toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) is a species of cod found in cold icy waters primarily in the southern Hemisphere at depths of between 45m and 3850m! Toothfish can grow to become very large and can weigh up to 100kg and reach 2.3m in length, although this is quite rare. It is estimated that they can live for up 50 years and sustain themselves by feeding on squid, small fish, prawns, crabs.

The Patagonian Toothfish is widely commercially fished however its name is deemed to be unattractive to consumers. In 1977 a U.S. fish wholesaler decided he wished to sell the species under a different name and chose to call it the ‘Chilean Sea Bass’ a name which is now recognized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for both the Patagonian Toothfish and a close relative, the Antarctic Toothfish.

Prince Charles has the Patagonian Toothfish firmly on his radar and begged Labour minister Elliot Morley to make saving the fish a ‘high priority’ for the government in his letters, known as the “black spider memos” due to his handwriting. The Prince’s concern stems from the overfishing and illegal fishing, which may ultimately result in the decline of this unusual species.

The Falkland Islands are playing a role in the conservation of this species by creating regulated fisheries and collating data from Patagonian Toothfish catches. This was set up in 1994 with the increase in dermersal longliners targeting this species at depths of over 600m. The reports show that the fish stocks mainly decreased from 1994-1999 with the biomass currently at about 50% of what it was in its unexploited state. The official body responsible for the sustainable development of fisheries in the Falklands is the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department, established in 1987.

Order & Delivery Notes

Falkland Islands 2017 Patagonian Toothfish titanium coin order info courtesy Pobjoy Mint


The Cupro Nickel coin is shipped in a unique Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch. The Titanium coin is shipped encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin Specifications

Metal: Titanium; CuNi
Diameter: Titanium: 36.10 mm; CuNi: 38.60 mm
Weight: Titanium: 10.00 g; CuNi: 28.28 g
Issue Limit: Titanium: 2,000; CuNi: 10,000


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