2017 Hummingbird Green Titanium Coin Issued by British Virgin Islands
- Exclusive 2017 Green Titanium Coin
- Beautifully Coloured Elemental Metal
- Also Available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
- Pobjoy Mint high quality proof finish
- New effigy design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint
We are delighted to announce the release of a brand new coin in outstanding Green Titanium issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands Government featuring the Hummingbird. Hummingbirds are a diverse family of 320 species and they can mostly be found throughout the Americas.
The smallest of all is the tiny bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), weighing less than 2.5 grams. They are among the world’s smallest bird species measuring three to five inches.
Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 miles per second and they can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal. To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate.
Surprisingly, they have long lifespans for organisms with such rapid metabolisms. Though many die during their first year of life, especially in the vulnerable period between hatching and fledging, those that survive may occasionally live a decade or more. Among the better-known species, the average lifespan is probably three to five years.
This stunning coin has been produced in Green Titanium to mimic the coloring of the Green-throated Carib, which is one of the hummingbird species that can be commonly found in the British Virgin Islands. The coin is also available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel.
Due to the difficulty of striking Titanium coins and the fact that Titanium reacts differently with every strike, each seahorse coin is technically different from all others. There is also a lined effect that is present on the coins which is unique to this metal.
The design shows an image of a Hummingbird hovering and collecting nectar from a flower surround by other flowers and foliage. The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
The Cupro Nickel coin is shipped in a unique Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch. The Titanium coins are shipped encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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