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Tristan Da Cunha Nightingale Island
2011 Half Penny Legal Tender Copper Commemorative Coin Uncirculated
Comes In Sealed Plastic Bag From Mint
Great addition for your world commemorative coin and/or fish collection!
This coin shows a Flying Fish, “Nightingale Island,” and “HALF PENCE” on on the front.
Queen Elizabeth II, “Tristan da Cunha,” and “2011” are on the back.
Half Penny legal tender coin from Tristan da Cunha.
This 15.5 mm diameter coin is smaller than USA penny (19.05 mm in diameter) and than USA dime (17.91 mm in diameter).
Edge is smooth.
Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their 4 long, wing-like pectoral fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water’s surface. A streamlined torpedo shape helps flying fish generate enough speed to break the water’s surface. This uncommon ability is a natural defence mechanism to evade predators. Their pursuers include mackerel, tuna, swordfish, marlin, and other larger fish. For their sustenance, flying fish feed on a variety of foods, including plankton. They can be up to 18 inches in length.
In May 2008, a Japanese television crew (NHK) filmed a flying fish (dubbed “Icarfish”) off the coast of Yakushima Island, Japan. The fish spent 45 seconds in flight. The previous record was 42 seconds.
The flights of flying fish are typically around 50 m (160 ft), though they can use updrafts at the leading edge of waves to cover distances up to 400 m (1,300 ft). They can travel at speeds of more than 70 km/h (43 mph). Maximum altitude is 6 m (20 ft) above the surface of the sea. Some accounts (e.g. Kon-tiki by Thor Heyerdal) have them landing on ships’ decks.
Flying Fish are known to frequent the waters near Tristan da Cunha.
For these reason, Tristan da Cunha decided to commemorate the flying fish on this coin.
Nightingale Island is an active volcanic island that is part of the Tristan da Cunha group. Though it has no permanent inhabitants, Tristan da Cunha has issued a series of wildlife commemorative coins in honor of the island.
This listing is for one coin only – the flying fish coin.
Tristan da Cunha, colloquially Tristan, is both a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, and 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) from the nearest continental land, South Africa. It is 3,360 kilometres (2,090 miles) from South America. The territory consists of the main island, Tristan da Cunha, which has a north–south length of 11.27 kilometres (7.00 miles) and an area of 98 square kilometres (38 sq mile), and the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale Island and the wildlife reserves of Inaccessible and Gough islands. As of January 2017, the main island has 262 permanent inhabitants. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is the only major settlement of Tristan da Cunha, and contains a small port, the Administrator’s residence, and the post office. The other islands are uninhabited, except for the personnel of a weather station on Gough Island.
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