This 2012 1 oz Silver New Zealand Fiji Taku Coin is the second coin from the New Zealand Mint’s highly popular series of the Silver Fiji Takus. The coin pays tribute to one of the South Pacific’s most iconic sea creatures, the Hawksbill Turtle or known by locals simply as the “Taku.” Each coin is struck from one troy ounce of .999 fine silver and carries a face value of $2 NZD. All Silver Taku coins are ready to ship in new condition and will arrive encased in either a protective coin sleeve, a tube of 20 or in a Monster Box of 500 coins.
The obverse of the coin shows an artistic rendition of Fiji’s celebrated sea turtle. It depicts the taku effortlessly gliding through the foamy waters of its native Pacific Ocean home. Both its shell and its body are covered in a stylized circular pattern for a whimsical portrayal of this iconic creature. The pattern of circles repeats itself in the bubble surrounding the taku. Another design element worth mentioning are the multiple finishes of the coin’s surface. Seen on the larger portion of the coin is a grainy texture that mimics the sand found on the ocean floor. On a smaller crescent to the left of the turtle is a smooth mirror-like finish, which represents the clear ocean waters. Inscribed upon this same crescent are the words, “Fiji Taku.”
The reverse of the coin shows a dignified portrait of Elizabeth II to represent Fiji’s status as a member of the British Common Wealth. The regal monarch is depicted in profile, bearing a poised yet reassuring expression on her face. She is crowned in her trademark “State Diadem.” Engraved along the coin’s border are her title accompanied by the coin’s country of origin, denomination and mintage year.
This 2012 1 oz Silver New Zealand Fiji Taku coin is an invitation to join the New Zealand Mint in its celebration of Fiji’s rare aquatic wildlife. If you would like to learn more about the coins before placing you order, simply call Silver.com at 888-989-7223. Customers may also reach additional support through our website’s live chat feature and its online submission forms. For similar products from the New Zealand Mint, be sure to visit the Foreign Silver Coins section.