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Sunday, 15 April 2018

699) Yellow Tree Frog, Fiji; $1 Yellow Titanium coin and a $2 Sterling Silver variant brought out by the Reserve Bank of Fiji and the Pobjoy Mint, UK in 2018:

699)  Yellow Tree Frog, Fiji; $1 Yellow Titanium coin and a $2 Sterling Silver variant brought out by the Reserve Bank of Fiji and the Pobjoy Mint, UK in 2018:

The Yellow Titanium Tree Frog Coin issued by the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) is the second titanium coin minted by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of RBF.

Although Fiji has a beautiful and diverse selection of flora and fauna, the Yellow Tree frog has been chosen because it captures the essence of the rainforest with its vivid colours and unusual appearance.
The Reverse of the Titanium Yellow Tree frog Coin shown against a backdrop of a live Tree Frog in its natural habitat


The Reverse of the $2 Sterling Silver Yellow Tree frog Coin shown against a backdrop of a live Tree frog in its natural habitat

The Fiji Tree Frog or Platymantis vitiensis is a tree dwelling frog that is endemic to Fiji. In the wild, these frogs live close to streams and rivers and choose living among remote/secluded foliage. They are good swimmers and climbers and can jump quite a distance to elude predators.

The Fiji tree Frog reaches a maximum size of 60 mm and can be found in an array of different colours - from a creamy grey to a vivid yellow. 

These frogs are nocturnal and forage for food and search for a partner in the evenings and then lay their eggs in leaf axils, especially of the Pandanus trees. Fiji's endemic frogs are small frogs and terrestrial breeders and hatch from eggs, instead of tadpoles.

Although these frogs are not currently considered endangered, they are confined to small pockets of forest on small islands, as such, they are inherently at risk from deforestation and other introduced predators.
The Reverse of the $1 Titanium Coin shows a Yellow Tree frog resting on some leaves.
The Obverse of the $1 Titanium Coin shows the Fijian Coat of Arms - a heraldic design consisting of a shield with the Cross of St. George, Fijian warriors, a canoe and a lion.

As titanium reacts differently with every strike, each Yellow Tree Frog coin is technically different and varies slightly in colour. There is also a lined effect that is present on the coins that is unique to this metal.

The specifications of the coin are:

Denomination: $1; Metal Composition: Titanium; Diameter/Size: 36.10 mm; Weight: 10.0 grams; Issue limit: 7,500 pieces; Mint: Pobjoy Mint, UK, on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Fiji; Year: 2018.

This coin has also been issued in a variant of $2 Sterling Silver:
The Reverse of the $ 2 Sterling Silver Proof Coin  shows the Yellow Tree Frog resting on some leaves
The Obverse of the $2 Sterling Silver Coin shows the Fijian Coat of Arms


The specifications of this coin are:

Denomination: $2; Metal Composition: .925 Sterling Silver; Coin Quality: Proof; Diameter/Size: 38.60 mm; Weight: 28.28 grams; Issue limit: 2,000 pieces; Mint: Pobjoy Mint, UK, on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Fiji; Year: 2018.

The Proof Sterling Silver and the Titanium coins are encapsulated in an acrylic capsule and housed in an elegant red box together with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).









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