|Coin||Silver Ounce 2020 Giant Seahorse|
Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Solomon Islands has authorised a number of private mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself.
The Mint says about this coin:
This stunning, selectively colourised reverse proof coin dedicated to the Giant Seahorse is the first release of PAMP Suisse's exciting Giants of the Galápagos series. Struck from 1 Troy oz. of .9999 fine silver, the coin is uniquely shaped, featuring the seahorse's head and tail extending beyond the coin's traditional circular edge.
The Giants of the Galápagos Islands series showcases the animals unique to these islands which were studies by Charles Darwin. The first coin, the Giant Seahorse, is commonly referred to as the Pacific Seahorse and is the only seahorse species found near the Galapagos Islands, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. As seahorses tend to engage in monogamous mating and undergo lengthy embryonic development, they do not repopulate fast enough to keep up with over-harvesting by humans that harm their population. This exquisite coin, with elegant touches of colour has a limited mintage of 2,500 coins per issue and individually serialised.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2020.
Above the portrait, a representation of a coral reef, continuing that from the reverse.
Below the date, the unique serial number of the coin.
A delicate coral reef is illustrated on the reverse, with a bright yellow Giant Seahorse in the foreground. The seahorse's head and tail extend beyond the coin's traditional circular edge.
The inscriptions GIANTS OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS and 999.9 SILVER 1 TROY OUNCE curve around the design.
||999.9 SILVER 1 TROY OUNCE GIANTS OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: the coin is sealed in a custom shaped capsule and housed in an attractive display folder, which is printed with a Certificate of Authenticity as well as fun facts about the Galapagos Islands and its protected creatures.
PAMP SKU: S-MKS-1GALAPASEAHORSE
Solomon Islands coins with special shapes made by PAMP (ordered by size / series / year):
- 2 oz Silver, Ocean Predator - Great White Shark, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Ocean Predator - Polar Bear, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Ocean Predator - Killer Whale, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Dinosaurs of North America - Tyrannosaurus Rex, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Dinosaurs of North America - Stegosaurus, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Dinosaurs of North America - Triceratops, 2022
- 2 oz Silver, America the Free - Statue of Liberty, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Deep - Great White Shark, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Deep - Great Hammerhead Shark, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Deep - Tiger Shark, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Sky - Bald Eagle, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Sky - Red-Tailed Hawk, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hunters of the Sky - Horned Owl, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Santa Claus, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, U.F.O., 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Giants of the Galápagos - Giant Seahorse, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Giants of the Galápagos - Whale Shark, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Giants of the Galápagos - Galápagos Tortoise, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Tasmanian Tiger, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - African Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - African Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - Nile Crocodile, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Animals of Africa - Black Rhino, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Guitar Pick, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Black Colour, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Surf Green Colour, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Nutcracker, 2021