This unique collector’s coin, struck in turquoise titanium, features a beautiful seahorse with its tail entwined around coral.
- Contains .322 oz of Titanium.
- Comes in an original mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of only 5,000.
- Obverse: Features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
- Reverse: Features a beautiful seahorse with its tail entwined around coral.
- Guaranteed by the British Virgin Islands government.
With stunning color and a unique composition, this coin is a fantastic addition to any numismatic collection. Add this coin to your cart today.
Due to the difficulty of striking titanium, the metal is as strong as steel but 45% lighter, each coin in this series is truly exclusive as no two titanium coins are exactly the same. Each coin also features a lined effect that is present as a result of the unmistakable qualities of titanium. Titanium is renowned for its excellent resistance to seawater and is used in the manufacture of propeller shafts, rigging and other areas of ships that are exposed to seawater, adding another exceptional link to this special coin with its association to the sea and marine life.
The choice of the seahorse reflects the British Virgin Islands marine heritage. The British Virgin Islands, located in the Caribbean and comprising of 60+ islands, are famed for their coral reefs featuring a wide variety of animal species including the seahorse. Seahorse is the title given to 54 species of marine fish in the genus Hippocampus, which comes from the Ancient Greek hippos meaning ‘horse’ and kampos meaning ‘sea monster’.
Seahorses range in size from 1.5 cm to 35.5 cm and are named for their equine appearance, swimming upright unlike other fish. They have a flexible, well-defined neck and a coronet on the head which is distinctive to each individual. The seahorse feeds on small crustaceans and can ambush prey that float within striking range. Seahorses are found in shallow tropical and mild waters throughout the world, living in sheltered areas such as seagrass beds, estuaries and coral reefs.
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.