Green turtles are one of the most iconic animals that swim the sea and to celebrate this beautiful creature Pobjoy Mint is a limited mintage green Titanium coin!
- Contains .3183 oz of Titanium.
- Comes in the original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of only 7,500 coins.
- First Titanium coin ever produced for British Indian Ocean Territory.
- Obverse: Displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exclusive to Pobjoy Mint.
- Reverse: Depicts a pair of turtles swimming in unison with the sun warming their shells.
- Minted on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory by Pobjoy Mint.
This coin is a fantastic addition to any numismatic collection. Add this 2017 British Indian Ocean Territory 1/3 oz Green Titanium Turtle coin to your cart today!
As Titanium reacts differently with every strike, each Green Turtle coin is technically different and varies slightly in color. There is also a lined effect that is present on the coins which is unique to this metal.
Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) are a large sea turtle which take their name from the fat found beneath their carapace. Despite their name, these turtles' shells are brown to black in color. These large migratory herbivores often inhabit shallow lagoons but also travel long distances between feeding and nesting grounds.
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 Indian 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.
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.