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SURGEONFISH Blue Australian Sea Life II The Reef Silver Coin 50c Australia 2012


The third release in this stunning series features a spectacularly realistic portrayal of a Surgeonfish.. Struck of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Australia.

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Acanthurus coeruleus (also known as the Atlantic blue tang surgeonfish or the Atlantic blue tang) is a surgeonfish found commonly in the Atlantic Ocean.
Although the body of the reef fish can vary in shade from light to dark blue, the dorsal, anal and caudal fins are golden blue. As juveniles, the edges on their dorsal and anal fins and the rings around their eyes are purple-blue, blue or blue-green. Juveniles may also be larger than adults and are called Atlantic yellow tang surgeonfish until they become adults.[citation needed] Their colors change during growth from a yellow juvenile, yellow tailed blue subadult and the blue adult phase.
Acanthurus coeruleus is common off of Florida, the Bahamas, and other places in the Caribbean sea, including Bonaire. Blue Tangs are very common in Belize and especially Ambergris Caye. They are also common in the Gulf of Mexico. They are also found south to Brazil and north to New York and eat krill.
The fish is not under human threat. The Atlantic Blue Tang is caught for commercial fishing, but maintains little importance to Caribbean industry. It is also used, though rarely, as bait.

Tha coins in the series:

  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Starfish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Octopus
  • Manta Ray
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2012
  • Face Value50 Cents
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse depicts a Surgeonfish in colour and includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. Incorporated into the design are the inscriptions AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE II – THE REEF – SURGEONFISH. The obverse depicts the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date. The coin is housed in a display case with a stunningly illustrated coral reef shipper, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Each shipper joins with other shippers in the series to create a superb underwater scene.