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MARLIN GAME FISH Pacific Ocean Silver Coin 2$ Fiji 2009


The Marlin is an icon of the deep sea sport of game fishing. Known to be incredibly fast swimmers, Marlin can reach speeds of around 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph) and in the case of the Black Marlin, lengths of up to 5 meters (16 feet). This silver coin features the Fijian effigy, a country famous for its game fishing.

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Marlin, Istiophoridae, is a member of a group of marine fish known as "billfish", and is closely linked to the freshwater trout. A marlin has an elongated body, a spear-like snout, and a long rigid dorsal fin, which extends forwards to form a crest. Its common name is thought to derive from its notional resemblance to a sailor's marlinspike. Even more so than their close relatives the scombrids, marlin are known to be incredibly fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph).
The larger species include the Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, which have been reliably recorded in excess of in length and in weight, and the Black marlin, Makaira indica, which have been reliably recorded in excess of in length and in weight. They are popular sporting fish in certain tropical areas.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2009
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The reverse features a high quality colour image of a Marlin with its iconic elongated body, spear-like snout and rigid dorsal fin. This is surrounded by a finely engraved rope border and the heading 'Game Fish of the Pacific Ocean'. A beautifully crafted depiction of a Marlin appears within the heading itself, while below the image a second inscription breaks up the circular border.
The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Fiji.