PELAGIA NOCTILUCA Bioluminescent Animals Medusa Jellyfish Silver Coin 1$ Niue 2016

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First beautiful Silver coin in the new series “Bioluminescent Animals” celebrates the luminous jellyfish Pelagia Noctiluca. The state-of the art minting technologies faithfully showcase the jellyfish bioluminescence, thanks to high-end digital printing. The large colour Pelagia is well done and will glow in a darkened room. Limited mintage to 999 pieces in the world.

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Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 1 Dollar
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 17.50
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Pelagia Noctiluca
Pelagia noctiluca is a jellyfish in the family Pelagiidae. In Latin, pelagia means "of the sea", nocti stands for night and luca means light; thus, Pelagia noctiluca can be described as a marine organism with the ability to glow in the dark. This species of jellyfish, known in Europe as the mauve stinger amongst many other common names, is widely distributed in all warm and temperate waters of the world's oceans, including the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It is also found in the Pacific Ocean, with sightings in warm waters off Hawaii, southern California and Mexico, as well as other Pacific locations. This is typically an offshore species, although sometimes it is washed near the coastlines and may be stranded in great numbers on beaches. The color varies worldwide, and in addition to pink or mauve, it is sometimes shades of golden yellow to tan.


The reverse design features a colorful Pelagia jellyfish, the luminous medusa, in an underwater scene from a deep water. On the right side of the coin - relief image of the species. The beautiful pink jellyfish takes a new life, changing in an iridescent green medusa illuminated under a black light. In the background – stylized decorative surface. All around the coin, the name of the species in Latin: “Pelagia noctiluca”. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions separated by decorative dots: “ELIZABETH II”, “NIUE ISLAND” (issue country), “1 DOLLAR” (the face value) and “2016” (year of issue).