A joy to watch, the Hummingbird has gained the fascination of many. Now available in beautiful green titanium, this coin is perfect for admirers everywhere.
- Contains .3178 oz of Titanium.
- Comes in the original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of 7,500 coins.
- Obverse: Displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
- Reverse: Features a Hummingbird hovering and collecting nectar from a flower surrounded by foliage.
- Guaranteed by the British Virgin Islands government.
This coin is a fantastic addition to any numismatic collection. Add this 2017 BVI 1/3 oz Green Titanium Hummingbird coin to your cart today!
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 3 to 5 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 3 to 5 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.
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 idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.