I confess that the Turtle coin I paint from Colombia is my favorite turtle. I know, we aren't supposed to have favorite art projects or favorite children, but it happens.
The coin features a loggerhead turtle which is highly migratory and uses the Colombian beaches for nesting and mating. Unfortunately, it is an endangered species due to hunting and pollution. This coin is both a beautiful design and intended to help awareness of the issues.
It is interesting that the wavy lines which represent the ocean waves on the coin, are there as a security device to prevent counterfeiting. There is also very small text between the waves saying "aqua" which means "water.." On the other side of the coin, you will find very small text that says "cuidar el agua" which translates to "take care of the water." Pretty cool design and nice environmental message for all of us.