The coin are not legal tender issues and seems of the
produced by Joseph E. Lang. A humpback whale is pictured this rectangular 8
dollar coin from the Galapagos Islands. The coin is the first in a series of
coins issued for the isolated islands. The reverse features the arms of the
islands. The islands are famous for their wide array of unusual wildlife.
The Galapagos is a possession of Ecuador. Since 2000 the United States
dollar has been Ecuador's official currency, thus the coin is denominated in
U.S. dollars. Like most odd-ball coins, it is not meant to circulate. The
attractive and unusual coin is struck in silver-plated brass. It has a
mintage of only 3000 pieces.
8 Dolares (Dollars). Year:
plated Brass. Diameter:
Rectangle; 50.00 mm x 29.00 mm. Edge:
Osborne Coinage - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Obverse: "ISLAS GALAPAGOS" written in
at top. Emblem in center. 12 stars on each side. Date
Reverse: "Ballena Jorobada"
written right anti-clockwise. Denomination below.
Minted Years: One