The Hawksbill Turtle coin, or Fiji Taku as its known in Fiji, from the New Zealand Mint is by far the most popular product from the private facility. Struck on an annual basis using the same design since 2010, today it is one of the more popular bullion coins available to investors. Now, the 2012 1 oz New Zealand Silver $2 Fiji Taku coin is available in perfect condition from JM Bullion.
- Ships to you in a protective slab courtesy of the NGC.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 pure silver.
- Face value of $2 is considered legal tender in Fiji.
- Earned a grade of MS70 from the NGC.
- Bears the image of the hawksbill turtle on the reverse.
Hawksbill turtles are native to the warm, tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. The animals tend to congregate in impressive numbers off of the coasts of New Zealand the Cook Islands, even passing through the Cook Straight and approaching Fiji during certain periods of the year.
The New Zealand Mint’s Hawksbill Turtle coin is unique among other bullion products in that the same design is issued to two different nations at the same time. The Hawksbill Turtle is issued for the island of Niue, while the Fiji Taku is issued for Fiji. The name Taku is used because the local Fijian dialect uses that word for the hawksbill turtle.
On the reverse of each coin you’ll find the image of a hawksbill turtle swimming the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. This side combines a strong, frosted finish on the design set with a deeply-mirrored finish on a sliver of the coin that bears the inscription “Fiji Taku.”
The obverse features the familiar right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. England’s longest-reigning monarch is accompanied by inscriptions of her name, the nation of issue, face value, and year of issue for the coin.
The New Zealand Mint is a private facility located in Auckland. It is not affiliated with the national government and does not have permission to produce legal tender for the local economy.
If you have questions about these Silver Fiji Taku coins, please reach out to JM Bullion at 800-276-6508. Our customer service representatives are also available via live chat and email. To see similar products, check out our New Zealand Silver Coins page.