TAKU TURTLE BABY Hawksbill Gilded Silver Coin 2$ Fiji 2012

TAKU TURTLE BABY Hawksbill Gilded Silver Coin 2$ Fiji 2012

TAKU TURTLE BABY

NEW 2012 TAKU ISSUE WITH BABY TURTLE!

Silver coin dedicated to Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa), locally named Taku, one of two main turtle species of the South Pacific island nation of Fiji. It is one of the species of marine turtles that are listed as critically endangered. Struck from .999 fine silver, this gold gilded Taku coin is presented in an aqua blue gift box, the same color as the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The reverse features a gold gilded Taku with his baby represented by a stylized shell pattern swimming through the waters of the Pacific Ocean along with an engraved heading and the coin's metal quality and weight. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2012 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY

Taku Turtle Marine turtles have lived in the oceans for over 100 million years. They are an integral part of the traditional culture of many coastal indigenous peoples throughout the world. Marine turtles migrate long distances between their feeding grounds and nesting sites. They have a large shell called a carapace, four strong, paddle-like flippers and like all reptiles, lungs for breathing air.
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