series of one ounce sterling silver proof coins features vibrantly coloured
marine life that is so lifelike it appears to be swimming off the coin. Mintages are exceptionally low, at just 1,500
for each coin.
mandarin fish reaches a size of only 8 cm in length and is therefore one of the
smaller inhabitants of the tropical sea. With its pointed mouth it pecks for
invertebrates and worms on inshore reefs and sandy lagoons, interspersed with
rocks and corals. Oversized pelvic fins and the raised position of its eyes
identify it as a bottom-dwelling species. Despite its small size
it is ornately coloured with deep blue stripes and spots on an orange, yellow
or green background. The male is especially impressive with its elongated,
pointed dorsal fin.