Critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle featured on New Zealand Mint silver coin

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14 August 2014
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imports_CCGB_coin-47-_58839.jpg Critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle featured on New Zealand Mint silver coin
The plight of the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle is highlighted by New Zealand Mint, who are to issue a 1oz $2 silver coin featuring the species. ...
The plight of the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle iis highlighted by New Zealand Mint, who are to issue a 1oz $2 silver coin featuring the species.

The $2 coin features a stylised shell patterned Hawksbill Turtle which is shown swimming through the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The reverse also features a 'turtle' engraving and the words 'fine silver .999 1oz'. The obverse carries an Ian Rank-Broadley engraving of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) is found mainly in the Pacific Ocean, where it is classed as 'critically endangered' due to human fishing practices. It can grow up to a metre in length, and when full grown weighs around 80kg. The Turtle has a distinctive amber background which is patterned by shades of light and dark brownish streaks.

To purchase the coin, visit the New Zealand Mint website.

(photo copyright Magicolf)


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