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Following the popularity of previous Titanium coins, Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a new Titanium coin for 2015 issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). This unique collector’s coin, struck in pink titanium, features a resplendent flamingo wading in shallow water with a flock of flamingos in the background.
Due to the difficulty of striking titanium, the metal is as strong as steel but 45% lighter, each coin in this series is truly exclusive as no two titanium coins are exactly the same. Each collector's coin also features a lined effect that is present as a result of the unmistakeable qualities of titanium.
About the Flamingo
Flamingos are a type of wading bird renowned for their bright pink feathers, stilt-like legs and S-shaped neck. When a flamingo spots a potential meal in the shallow water in which it is wading, it plunges its head into the water, twists it upside down, and scoops the fish using its upper beak like a shovel. Flamingos filter feed on brine shrimp and blue-green algae and it is the carotenoids in their diet that produces their unique colour.
Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other leg tucked beneath the body. The reason for this is not fully understood but research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. Flamingos are very social birds and live in colonies whose population can number in the thousands. These large colonies are believed to serve three purposes: avoiding predators, maximising food intake and using scarce nesting sites more efficiently. (source: Pobjoy Mint, http://www.pobjoy.com)
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