The fourth issue in the Endangered and Extinct series features the captivating Green Turtle.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Stunning Reverse Design
The coin features an exquisite Green Turtle in a vibrant rainbow of colours as it swims near the surface of the water, with the seabed and the horizon visible in the background.
Issued as Legal Tender
The coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the 2014 year-date and the coin’s weight and fineness appear on its obverse.
Strictly Limited Mintage
No more than 5,000 of these coins will be released.
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
A numbered Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each coin.
Each coin is housed in black presentation case and illustrated shipper.
Commissioned product struck by The Perth Mint.
The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle that inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters all around the world.
The green turtle is one of seven species of marine turtles around the world and has been present in the ocean for over 100 million years. The green turtle’s ancestors were reptiles who evolved on land and then took to the sea to live, making the green turtle one of the few species that existed during the time of dinosaurs.
Weighing up to 317.5 kilograms, the green turtle is one of the largest sea turtles in the world with a heart shaped shell that can measure up to 1.5 metres.
Green turtles can often be found swimming in the warm water close to the surface and have also been known to take to land to bask in the sunshine, making them one of the few marine turtles known to leave water other than at nesting times.
The survival of these special creatures is threatened by overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gear and a loss of beach nesting sites, and as such, they are listed as an endangered species.
Previous Releases: Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Devil
Forthcoming Release: Available 2014