The hawksbill turtle is one of the most visually impressive creatures on planet Earth, so it is only fitting for this sea creature to be featured on a stunning silver bullion coin. The New Zealand Mint has produced its Silver Taku coin series, also known as the Silver Hawksbill coin series, since 2010. Right now, you can purchase a 2011 1 oz Silver New Zealand $2 Fiji Taku coin from Silver.com.
- Only 80 coins currently exist in this grade!
- Consists of one ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Struck by the New Zealand Mint with a face value of $2 (Fiji).
- Graded a near-perfect coin by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Ships in NGC plastic slab for protection.
As with many other coin series featuring wildlife images, the 2011 1 oz New Zealand $2 Taku Coin honors the endangered hawksbill turtle. When struck for the island of Fiji, the coins bear the name Taku because the sea turtles are referred to as Taku, rather than hawksbill, in local dialects.
The Taku species exists throughout the warmer waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Thousands of these creatures call the South Pacific home, with roughly 3,000 returning to the shores of Fiji on an annual basis.
On the obverse side of each coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. Boasting a matte finish, this side of the coin also includes engravings that read “Elizabeth II,” “Fiji,” “Two Dollars,” and the year of minting.
The reverse side of the coin features a Taku turtle swimming through the bubbles of the South Pacific. Its beautiful, overlapping shell design is visible on the turtle. Engravings on this side include the words “Fiji Taku” on a slice of the reverse side that features a deeply-mirrored finish, while the weight, metal content, and purity are visible amidst the bubbles of the water.
Each of these coins is available to you with a Mint State 69 grade from the NGC. Coins in this condition have their full, original luster, and no more than two minor detracting flaws. Those flaws are all located outside the primary focal areas of the coin.
If you have questions about these coins, don’t hesitate to contact a Silver.com associate. We’re available at 888-989-7223, online using our live chat, and via email. Be sure to check out our full selection of New Zealand Silver Coins on Silver.com.