New Turtle Coin Series From British Indian Ocean Territory and Pobjoy Mint

First Coin in a Brand New 50p Series Featuring the Green Turtle


Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the first coin in a stunning new 50p series of five coins featuring the Turtles of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The first coin in the series of five coins features the green turtle.

Sea turtles have existed for 120 million years. They have a soft bony shell, flipper-like limbs and spend an incredible 99% of their lives in the ocean.

The green sea turtle will grow about 120 cm in length and weighing around 135-160k, the name comes from the green fat found beneath its carapace.

The green sea turtle will travel long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches, it’s estimated that 1,000 females nest annually on the protected beaches of the British Indian Ocean Territory. This species is also listed as endangered. Sea turtles are paramount to the many species whose survival is dependent on a healthy seagrass bed and coral reef.

The design on the coin itself features a green turtle swimming in the ocean. The obverse of the coin features the Pobjoy Mint exclusive effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin is available in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish with the turtle portrayed in color. A special color album, which is sold separately, has been designed to house all five coins.

Coin Specifications

Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Weight: 8.00 g
Issue Limit: 3,750


The Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish Coin comes in capsules in a brown tube. Pobjoy Mint blue pouches are available at an additional cost.

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