Nature of Tokelau - Tropicbird Phaethon Rubricauda

Tokelau 2012 - 5$ - Nature of Tokelau - Tropicbird Phaethon Rubricauda - 20g 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 the Nature of Tokelau.

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Country Tokelau
Year 2012
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 20g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Mintage 2500
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $64.35
Coin Story

Its unique plumage that makes the Red-tailed Tropicbird a beautiful example of a Tropicbird. Two of the in total 16 flight feathers are strikingly blood-red in colour and are up to 35 cm long.

The otherwise usually white bird lives predominantly over tropical and subtropical seas and only comes ashore during the breeding season. From a height of up to 50 m it dives into the water headfirst and primarily catches fish and squid.

Because of its size, the blood-red beak also allows the birds to catch bigger fish. It catches sight of its food from great height at which the bird either hovers, evenly, almost monotonously beating its wings or in gliding flight.

During the breeding season the Tropicbirds venture ashore and lay a single egg in a small hole in the ground. The nesting site in caves and rock walls are aggressively protected by the parent birds from natural enemies such as ospreys or ravens. Also rats and feral domestic cats count amongst the bird’s biggest enemies.

Because the Red-tailed Tropicbird lives in the air, its legs are not well-developed and hardly carry its body-weight of about 800 g. Therefore, it struggles along very unusually: it supports itself on its breast and beak and presses itself forwards with its wings where it takes off from the ground again as soon as possible.

Reverse Design

The reverse depicts the Red-tailed Tropicbird. The Bird and the nature offset themselves against the silver-proof background, due to the applied color. The coin is beautifully designed.

Obverse Design

Each coin features the coat of arms of Tokelau and the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


The Nature of Tokelau - Tropicbird Phaethon Rubricauda coin comes encapsuled with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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