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First bullion coin ever minted on behalf the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Extremely limited mintage coin of only 10,000 coins worldwide that features breathtaking details of a sea turtle swimming along in its natural habitat.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coin comes in protective packaging.
- Limited mintage of 10,000 coins worldwide.
- Reverse Depicts a sea turtle swimming.
- Obverse: Depicts an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II used exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British Indian Ocean Territory government.
The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom situated in the Indian Ocean halfway between Tanzania and Indonesia, and directly south of the Maldives. The territory comprises the seven atolls of the Chagos Archipelago with over 1,000 individual islands – many very small – amounting to a total land area of 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi).
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The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) plays a vital role as a foraging ground for immature hawksbill and green turtles that feed in the shallow lagoons. Ongoing conservation work has shown that individuals can remain in these environments for many years before they travel back to their natal nesting areas to breed as adults.
The population was exploited for many decades in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. For islanders and passing ships, the green turtles provided an important source of food while the hawksbill turtle provided a valuable source of tortoiseshell for the jewelery trade. Whilst export and consumption of turtles continued until the early 1970s, little was known about the breeding population and basic questions such as where the turtles originated, and the size of the population remained unanswered until relatively recently. Today it is estimated that around 1,000 adults of both species nest annually and our ongoing conservation work is refining these estimates via turtle track surveys on beaches in Diego Garcia and elsewhere by Fisheries Patrol Officers on board the Marine Protected Area (MPA) patrol vessel.
The UK Government created the world’s largest no-take marine protected area (MPA) in 2010 in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). The tropical coral reefs and 58 islands of the archipelago cover an area of 640,000 km², more than twice the size of the United Kingdom. The British Indian Ocean Territory Marine Protected Area encompasses some of the most pristine coral reefs in the ocean and hosts a number of endangered species, including two species of sea turtle, the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green (Chelonia mydas) turtle.
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