Greater Flamingos on New Coins

2019-05-24 Fri

Pobjoy Mint released an 8.00 grams Coloured Virenium Coin featuring two adult Greater Flamingos in shallow water on the reverse side. It’s the fourth coin in a series that is dedicated to various types of flamingos, issued for the British Virgin Islands. Virenium® is a light gold coloured metal developed by Pobjoy Mint. The obverse side depicts an exclusive Pobjoy Mint effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin has a diameter of 28.40 mm and a mintage limit of 3,500 pieces. A collector’s album with all coins from this set is also available with important facts about each type of flamingo.

The Greater Flamingo is the largest of all which are found in two varieties. The bright red ones live in West Indies and Florida. The pinker ones are found in Africa and East India. This particular species has the most diversified habitat.

Great Flamingos in Asia migrate to warmer countries like Iran and India during winters. They wait till the weather turns bad and might not migrate again at all. They are now covering shorter distances during the migration period due to global warming.

There are six species of flamingos. They can grow up to four to five feet tall and weigh between four and eight pounds. They have long necks and legs. During migration, they can reach speeds of up to 37 miles per hour and travel over 300 miles to find a new home.

Image Courtesy: Pobjoy Mint

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