First Titanium coin EVER produced for the British Indian Ocean Territory!
- Titanium 7.5k mintage – Cupro Nickel 10k Mintage
- Celebration of the majestic Green Turtle
- Produced in Britain by Pobjoy Mint manufacturer of luxury coins
- Exclusive effigy design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Green turtles are one of the most iconic animals that swim the sea and to celebrate this beautiful creature Pobjoy Mint is producing a limited number of Titanium and Cupro Nickel coins. The coin depicts a pair of turtles swimming in unison with the sun warming their shells. When striking we have managed to capture a high level of detail on the shells of the Turtles, a feat that is especially difficult on Titanium coins due to the hardness of the metal.
As Titanium reacts differently with every strike, each Green Turtle 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
Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) are a large sea turtle which take their name from the fat found beneath their carapace (their shells, ironically, are brown to black of color). These large migratory herbivores often inhabit shallow lagoons but also travel long distances between feeding and nesting grounds.
One of the places Green Turtles can be found nesting is on the beaches of the Chagos Islands and specifically Diego Garcia, which is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. Between 400 and 800 of these majestic animals nest annually throughout the Chagos and are well protected. This is most evident in Diego Garcia where approximately 50% of the whole island is a protected nature reserve. It is here that the adult females can lay their eggs without the threat of human intervention.
The Green Turtle’s diet changes as it grows. As a Juvenile they are carnivorous but as they mature their diet changes to include more and more vegetation and fully mature adults are often strict herbivores. The turtles feeding trips usually last about five minutes but they can actually hold their breath for up to five hours!!
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.
Order & Delivery Notes
|Metal:||.990 Fine Green Titanium, Uncirculated Cupro-Nickel (CuNi)|
|Diameter:||Titanium: 38.10 mm; CuNi: 38.60 mm|
|Weight:||Titanium: 10.00 g; CuNi: 28.28 g|
|Issue Limit:||Titanium: 7,500; CuNi: 10,000|
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