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MELANOCETUS Humpback Anglerfish Silver Coin 2$ Pitcairn Islands 2010


The first release from "Deep Sea Fish" series, marks the Melanocetus Johnsonii commonly called Humpback Anglerfish or Black Seadevil, struck of sterling silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Pitcairn Islands.

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Black seadevils are small, deep-sea lophiiform fish comprising the family Melanocetidae. There are five known species (with only two given common names), all within the genus Melanocetus. They are found in tropical to temperate waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Ocean, with one species known only from the Ross Sea.
One of several anglerfish families, black seadevils are named for their baleful appearance and typically pitch black skin. The family name Melanocetidae may be translated from the Greek melanos meaning "black", and cetus meaning either "whale" or "sea monster". The humpback anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii) was featured on the August 1995 issue of Time magazine, becoming something of a flagship species of deep-sea fauna.

  • CountryPitcairn Islands
  • Year2010
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin’s reverse portrays a coloured representation of a Black Seadevil (Melanocetus Johnsonii) with the inscription "Deep Sea Fish", name of the series.
The reverse of each coin includes the Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the year-date appears on the obverse of each coin.