The Angelfish joins the Triggerfish in Niue Island’s new Reef Fish silver coin series



The second of the New Zealand Mint’s new Reef Fish coins has debuted today and carries on with the brightly coloured wet-look that distinguished the Triggerfish coin released last month. At one-ounce of silver in weight, and issued for Niue, it’s pretty standard fare for this mint, but none the worse for that. An interesting idea for a series, fish-keeping is a hugely popular hobby and these look appealing to a market that values bright colour.

The coin is presented in the superb acrylic block that this mint uses quite widely, and then packaged in a good quality shipper with a certificate of authenticity. The mintage remains the same as the first coin at 3,000 pieces and the price is also unchanged at $75-80 USD. Available to buy now.

The Angelfish is another aquarium favourite. A native of the reefs from East Africa right the way across the oceans to the Great Barrier Reef, the Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus) depicted on the coin, can grow to around 40 cm in length. They’re omnivorous in nature, feeding mainly on invertebrates and plants. It makes a nice change to report that this fish isn’t endangered and is classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

REVERSE: This silver coin skilfully illustrates the brightly coloured Angelfish amongst engraved coral in its native reef habitat. The design also incorporates an ultra-gloss effect to give the Angelfish a unique ‘wet’ look.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2018 year-date are shown on the coin’s obverse.

DENOMINATION £2 New Zealand (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 31.1 grams
FINISH Proof with colour
BOX / COA Yes / Yes