Chagos Anemone Fish Starts Pobjoy’s New Sea Creatures Series

The first coin in Pobjoy’s new series featuring sea creatures is dedicated to the Chagos Anemone fish.
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Pobjoy Mint announced a new series of 50p coins featuring Sea Creatures which is being issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The British Indian Ocean Territory comprises the 50 islands of the Chagos Archipelago which is only a total area of 44 square kilometers but the territorial seas cover over 60,000 square kilometers containing coral reefs which comprise over 10% of Indian Ocean reef cover and the cleanest seawater ever recorded. This means that the waters around Chagos are a vital natural laboratory for scientists to learn how a healthy reef lives and to study the diverse wildlife who live in or visit these waters as breeding and feeding grounds. This new collection features some of these attractive and colorful creatures and begins with the Chagos Anemone fish – probably one of the most recognizable in the world.

British Indian Ocean Territory / 50 pence / Cupro Nickel or Sterling Silver / 27.30 mm / 8.00 g / Mintage: 2,750 (Cupro Nickel), 175 (Silver).

The obverse of the coin features the Pobjoy Mint exclusive effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The coin is available in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish with the Chagos Anemone portrayed in full color really bringing this recognizable clownfish to life. A special colour album, which is sold separately, has been designed to house all six coins of the collection. The coin is also available in colored Proof Sterling Silver.

The Chagos Anemonefish is named for the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is endemic to the archipelago. Photo: Jon Slayer / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0.

The Chagos Anemone (also known as the Clownfish) is named after the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean and is endemic to the archipelago. The species forms an ecological interaction sea anemones as it is unaffected by the stinging tentacles of the anemone. The Anemones provide protection for the fish from any predators and also provides a source of food. In return, the clownfish defends the anemone from its predators and parasites making them the perfect double act.


For further information on the coin, visit the website of the British Pobjoy Mint.

Many more issues by Pobjoy have been already added to our online archive Cosmos of Collectibles.

If you are not an expert, you probably know the clownfish best for his appearance as “leading actor” in “Finding Nemo”! Watch the movie’s best moments:


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