Porcupine Fish - 2019 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel Coin
- 2019 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel $1
- Issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands
- Issue: 10,000
- Unique presentation pouch
- Also available as: Golden Yellow Titanium
The tropical waters around the British Virgin Islands are home to a profusion of marine wildlife and the underwater world in this area is a magical place. There are over 400 fish around the British Virgin Islands and it is one of these - the Porcupine Fish - that features on the new coin that is being released on behalf of the British Virgin Islands Government.
The design on the coin features an inflated Porcupine fish with its spines extended in the tropical waters. The obverse of the coin features the exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin is also available in Golden Yellow Titanium.Show more
The Porcupine fish can be found in shallow temperate and tropical seas worldwide. This particular fish has the ability to inflate its body by swallowing water or air, making it appear much rounder. This increase in size then reduces the number of potential predators. This amazing fish then has a second defence where sharp spines radiate outwards when their bodies are inflated. The Porcupine fish is mentioned by Charles Darwin in his book The Voyage of the Beagle. He particularly noted how the fish can swim quite well when inflated, although this did mean that they swim upside down due the increased buoyancy.
|Government||British Virgin Islands|
|Coin Metal||Cupro Nickel|
|Metal||Uncirculated Cupro Nickel $1|
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