The British Virgin Islands’ colored titanium coins continue to be a great success and now the nation’s Government and Treasury have launched their second new crown coin for 2016: a new turquoise colored titanium issue featuring the powerful Great White Shark.
The great white shark (carcharodon carcharias) is a species of large shark found in the coastal waters of all the major oceans. The lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, making it one of the longest living fish currently known. They have no natural predators other than the Orca whale and are among the primary predators of marine mammals. Any creature unlucky enough to find itself in the grips of the jaws of a great white is in for a nasty shock and is not likely to survive the attack, since this marine beast’s mouth is equipped with a set of 300 sharp, triangular teeth arranged in up to seven rows.
Despite their fierce man-eating reputation, it is hypothesized that humans aren’t, in fact, on the great white’s menu for desirable feeding. Although there are around 5-10 attacks a year, researchers believe that, rather than preying on humans to eat them, the sharks are instead taking a ‘sample bite’ out of curiosity, usually before swimming away.
A great white has a white underside and a grey dorsal area that gives the shark an overall mottled appearance. This coloration makes it difficult for prey to spot the shark, because it breaks up the shark’s outline when seen from the side. From above, the darker shade blends with the sea; from below, it shows just a minimal silhouette against the sunlight.
The coin, produced by the Pobjoy Mint UK on behalf of the Treasury of the British Virgin Islands is minted in turquoise titanium, as well as in cupro nickel and Proof sterling silver. The reverse design depicts an underwater scene including images of a great white shark and coral, with the denomination located along the rim.
The obverse of each coin carries a recently introduced effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, exclusive to the Pobjoy Mint. The year of issue is also included on the obverse.
|$1||Cupro-nickel||28.2 grams||38.6 mm.||BU||Unlimited|
|$5||Titanium||10 grams||36.1 mm.||BU & colour||5000 pieces|
|$10||.925 silver||28.2 grams||38.6 mm.||Proof||10,000 pieces|
The coins are available in Uncirculated cupro cickel ($1), colored titanium ($5), and Proof sterling silver ($10), with each precious metal coin being struck four times to produce a pristine Proof finish. The cupro nickel coin is presented and packaged in a branded blue presentation pouch. The titanium and silver versions are available separately; each is encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection, housed in a custom red box, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The first coin in the 2016 series was launched on January 12 and featured the Lemon Shark, struck in yellow titanium. Titanium is exceptionally difficult to strike and, because of the way the colored titanium reacts when striking, no titanium coin is exactly the same. There is also a lined effect present on the coins that is unique to this metal.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Treasury of the British Virgin Islands Government, please visit the Web site of the Pobjoy Mint. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.