Fiji 6-PENCE (KM11a) Green Sea Turtle
At 1 to 1.5 m long and up to 200 kg, the Green Sea Turtle is the largest hard-shelled turtle. Unfortunately, world populations are either threatened or endangered.
I believe that this coin is the first turtle coin issued in modern times. It was originally issued in 0.500 silver in 1934 (KM3) and the silver content was bumped to 90% for this version issued in 1942 and 1943. The composition was changed to copper-nickel in 1953. Unfortunately this wonderfully engraved turtle didn't survive the change to decimal coinage after 1969.
- Diameter: 19.2 mm
- Composition: 0.900 Silver
- CAT#: KM11a