Green Turtle - 2017 Green Titanium Coin
- 2017 990 Green Titanium £2
- Issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory
- Issue: 7,500
- Unique presentation box and certificate of authenticity
- Also available as: Uncirculated Cupro Nickel
First British Indian Ocean Territory Titanium coin EVER produced!
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.
Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) are a large sea turtle which takes their name from the fat found beneath their carapace. (Their shells, ironically, are brown to black of colour) These large migratory herbivores often inhabit shallow lagoons but also travel long distances between feeding and nesting grounds.
As Titanium reacts differently with every strike, each Green Turtle coin is technically different and varies slightly in colour. 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.Show more
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 Indians 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 5 minutes but they can actually hold their breath for up to 5 hours!!
|Government||British Indian Ocean Territory|
|Metal||990 Green Titanium £2|
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