The Pobjoy Mint’s prolific 2017 program of colorful titanium coins
continues with releases for two island nations.
The 2017 royal blue titanium $5 coin issued on behalf of the British
Virgin Islands Government features the blue marlin.
The blue titanium £2 coin for South Georgia and the South Sandwich
Islands honors the colossal squid.
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The obverse of these coins carry an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
that is exclusive to the Pobjoy Mint.
The reverse of each colorful coin depicts a scene celebrating the
respective marine animal.
The blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) is a species of marlin
endemic to the Atlantic Ocean.
It is one of the open ocean’s fastest and strongest predators and
one of the most highly sought after game fishes, according to the
Pobjoy Mint. The fish is able to swim close to the surface of the
water or dive to great depths while it searches for food.
Known for its long bill that grows from the front of its head, the
blue marlin uses this bill to stun its prey by slashing its head in a
side-to-side motion, knocking potential prey unconscious, and making
it easier to catch.
Reaching weights of at least 1,800 pounds and lengths of more than
16 feet, the blue marlin is one of the largest species of bony fishes.
Blue marlins undergo an amazing transformation in size (from being
nearly microscopic to being one of the largest open ocean predators),
and thus eat a wide variety of prey throughout their lifetimes.
The size of their predators also increases as they grow, and the
only predator for adult blue marlin are large ocean sharks.
The reverse of the blue titanium coin shows a blue marlin frolicking
in the tropical waters.
Colossal squid facts
The colossal squid has long been a creature of a sailor’s nightmare,
appearing in folklore throughout the ages, often synonymous with the Kraken.
The squid is painted in legends as “a mighty beast notorious for
dragging unwary men to their doom and emitting a foul stench that
escapes from its lungs with each breath,” according to the Pobjoy
Mint. “In reality the colossal squid or Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, is
not as foul as the reputation that precedes it, but there is some
truth to the legends.”
These squid are incredibly elusive and little known to science. They
can reach an estimated 14 meters in length and weigh up to 750
kilograms but only a handful of juveniles have ever been formally
recorded. A 5-meter specimen was caught on a longline off the coast of
South Georgia at a depth of 1,625 meters and was so heavy that it
couldn’t be brought aboard. The colossal squids also have the largest
documented eye in the animal kingdom (and that was from an immature
female) with a diameter of over 30 centimeters.
A colossal squid swims in the sea surrounded by an eddy of water on
the reverse of the blue titanium coin. Part of the squid’s mantle
appears above the water line.
Various versions of coins
Due to the difficulty of striking titanium coins and the fact that
titanium reacts differently with every strike, each titanium blue
marlin and colossal squid coin is technically different from all
others. There is also a lined effect present on the coins that is
unique to this metal.
Uncirculated copper-nickel designs of both coins are also available,
a $1 coin featuring the marlin and a £2 squid coin.
The copper-nickel coins weigh 28.28 grams and measure 38.6
millimeters in diameter.
The .990 fine titanium coins weigh 10 grams and measure 36.1
millimeters in diameter.
The copper-nickel coins are shipped in a Pobjoy Mint blue
presentation pouch. The titanium coins are shipped encapsulated in an
acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a red box with a
certificate of authenticity.
The copper-nickel coins retail for $16.95 each; the titanium coins
are priced $59 each.
To learn more, or order the coins, visit the Pobjoy Mint website.