Pobjoy Mint wraps their British Indian Ocean Territories Sea Creatures series of 50 pence coins with the colorful Clown Triggerfish. This is the sixth coin in the series and it features a big-spotted Clown Triggerfish swimming along coral reefs.
The Clown Triggerfish has a brown body, the lower half of which is covered in large white spots. Its mouth is surrounded by a yellow field with a white edge. On its back the Clown Triggerfish has a yellow to gold colored field. The tail fin can sometimes be of the same yellow/gold color. The Clown Triggerfish on this British Indian Ocean Territory 50 pence also features vibrant blue trim on most of its fins.
The Clown Triggerfish is a foraging predator on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Like all Triggerfishes, the Clown Triggerfish has very strong jaws and broad teeth, perfect for eating its preferred prey made up of hard-shelled invertebrates like sea urchins, crustaceans, and mollusks. Its ‘funny by nature’ name comes from its spots, lines, and head markings which make it look almost like it is wearing clown makeup.
This Sea Creatures 50 pence coin is available in copper-nickel Diamond Finish with the Clown Triggerfish portrayed in full color really bringing its pattern to life. A special color album, which is sold separately, has been designed to house all six copper-nickel coins of this collection. The mintages for the copper-nickel examples are limited to 2,750 pieces each.
Also available are colored proof sterling silver strikes, which come in red cases along with certificate of authenticity. Mintages for the silver coins are limited to just 175 pieces for each type in the Sea Creatures series.
The obverse of the coin features the Pobjoy Mint exclusive effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is the standard portrait used on all Pobjoy Mint 50 pence coins for their representative countries. Suggested retail price for the copper-nickel examples is $19.95 and the album made to display all six coins in the Sea Creatures series is fixed at $7.00 direct from Pobjoy Mint. Silver strikes carry a suggested retail price of $69.95, but due to the small mintages they often climb in price after initial release.
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