British Virgin Islands 2015 – Pink Titanium Coin
Following the popularity of previous Titanium coins, Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a new Titanium coin for 2015 issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). This unique collector’s coin, struck in pink titanium, features a resplendent flamingo wading in shallow water with a flock of flamingos in the background.
Due to the difficulty of striking titanium, the metal is as strong as steel but 45% lighter, each coin in this series is truly exclusive as no two titanium coins are exactly the same. Each collector’s coin also features a lined effect that is present as a result of the unmistakeable qualities of titanium.
About the Flamingo
Flamingos are a type of wading bird renowned for their bright pink feathers, stilt-like legs and S-shaped neck. When a flamingo spots a potential meal in the shallow water in which it is wading, it plunges its head into the water, twists it upside down, and scoops the fish using its upper beak like a shovel. Flamingos filter feed on brine shrimp and blue-green algae and it is the carotenoids in their diet that produces their unique colour.
Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other leg tucked beneath the body. The reason for this is not fully understood but research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. Flamingos are very social birds and live in colonies whose populations can number in the thousands. These large colonies are believed to serve three purposes: avoiding predators, maximizing food intake and using scarce nesting sites more efficiently.
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About the Pobjoy Mint
Set up by the Pobjoy family in 1965, the Pobjoy Mint is Europe’s largest privately owned mint.
Pobjoy Mint is at the forefront of numismatic and manufacturing innovation. It developed the world’s first satisfactory man-made precious metal, Virenium, which has since been successfully used in high denomination coinage since 1978. Other firsts include the first braille coin, the first hologram coin, the first spinning coin and the first diamond shaped coin to name just a few.
Pobjoy Mint is renowned for its high quality production of coins and medals for governments, central banks and major companies across the globe.