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Fiji 2010 Endangered Species - Hawksbill Sea Turtle Taku and Reef $2 1 Ounce Pure Silver Two Dollars Reverse Proof-Like BU

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A critically-endangered hawksbill sea turtle shows off on this large yet affordable one ounce, pure silver coin!

Sold out at the Mint!This large, impressive coin features a hawksbill turtle indigenous to the Pacific nation of Fiji. This endangered sea turtle is artistically rendered in a native Fijian islander style, with an unexpected and attractive specimen finish. It's much nicer than an ordinary brilliant uncirculated coin - the mirrored design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background). We would therefore refer to this as a "Reverse Proof" or "Reverse Proof-Like" finish. Between highly popular animal theme, the unusual denomination, the size and the beauty of the finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable pure silver two dollar coin!

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A hawksbill sea turtle glides just above the sandy bottom of a Fijian island lagoon, exactly as depicted on the Fiji 2010 Endangered Species - Hawksbill Sea Turtle Taku and Reef $2 1 Ounce Pure Silver Two Dollars Reverse Proof-Like BU coin from Talisman Coins www.TalismanCoins.comThe Hawksbill Turtle and Marine Conservation
The hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata; known in Fijian as Taku) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in its genus; as such, it has no close living relatives and is distinctly unlike other sea turtles in may respects. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies.

The hawksbill's appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. It has a generally flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium (or cutting edge of its beak), and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Hawksbill shells vary slightly in color, depending on water temperature. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs where it feeds on its primary prey, sea sponges. Some of the sponges eaten by E. imbricata are lethally toxic to other organisms. In addition, the sponges that hawksbills eat usually contain high concentrations of silica, making them one of few animals capable of eating siliceous organisms. They also feed on other invertebrates, such as comb jellies and jellyfish.

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A closeup view of a hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata.Because of human fishing practices, hawksbill sea turtle populations are threatened with extinction. The World Conservation Union classifies the Hawksbill as critically endangered. In several countries, such as China and Japan, they are considered a delicacy, and so are hunted for their flesh. Hawksbill shells are the primary source of tortoise shell material, used for decorative purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of hawksbill turtles and products derived from them.

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Obverse
A Fijian Taku or hawksbill sea turtle swims above the sandy bed of a lagoon, while bubble rise around it. The legend FIJI TAKU defines the theme, while the legend FINE SILVER .999 1 OZ guarantees the weight and purity.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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SpecificationsA hawksbill sea turtle glides just above coral reef system, as depicted on the Fiji 2010 Endangered Species - Hawksbill Sea Turtle Taku and Reef $2 1 Ounce Pure Silver Two Dollars Reverse Proof-Like BU coin from Talisman Coins www.TalismanCoins.com
Country Fiji
Year of Issue    2010
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.70  mm
   
Finish Reverse Proof-Like
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Packaging Archival Quality Mylar Holder

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