Marine Life Protection - Blue Ringed Octopus

Palau 2012 - 5$ - Marine Life Protection - Blue Ringed Octopus - 25g LIMITED Silver Coin

Low Mintage, only 2.500 of these very special coins have been issued by Coin Invest Trust!
This silver coin is dedicated to Marine Life Protection.

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Country Palau
Year 2012
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 22,2g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Mintage 2500
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $59.67
Coin Story

The intensive blue-ringed colouring makes the octopus shine in the Pacific Ocean. However, it’s venom is one of the most fatal in the world. Although the blue-ringed octopus only reaches a maximum body length of about 50 millimetres it is one of the most poisonous animals in the world. By nature very shy, high tides sometimes wash it into small pools and salt water accumulations where it hunts small crabs and live clams. This is where unaware humans find them, pick them up and get bitten by the cephalopod. The bite itself is not very painful but after only a few minutes, amongst other symptoms, paralysis of the pectoral muscle occurs which can lead to respiratory failure. Sometimes people even tease the octopus deliberately because they only show their intensive colouring when they are under stress.

Blow fish also possess the bite-injected poison (Tetrodotoxin) which takes a strong effect on the nervous system and paralyses it. The blue ringed octopus does not produce its poison itself but rather is produced by germs in its intestine and its salivary glands.

Shortly after mating, the male dies, whereas the female dies after the eggs hatch. The female only lays eggs once in her lifetime.

Reverse Design

The reverse depicts the Blue Ringed Octopus. The image of the octopus is very detailed and offsets itself against the background, due to the applied color.

Obverse Design

The front of the coin depicts the South Sea Island of Palau’s coat of arms. The name of the issuing nation ‘REPUBLIC OF PALAU’ appears along the top edge and the face value of ‘5 $’ is indicated in the exergue.


The Marine Life Protection - Blue Ringed Octopus coin comes encapsuled with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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