Seahorses are found in temperate and tropical waters all over the world. They are notable for being one of only a few species where the males get pregnant. A seahorse pregnancy lasts approximately two to three weeks. Seahorses are also unusual among fish for being relatively monogamous. The seahorse is a true fish, with a dorsal fin located on the lower body and pectoral fins located on the head near their gills. Mostly transparent, these often don’t show in pictures and even with live animals most people do not see them at first. Seahorse populations have been endangered in recent years by overfishing. The seahorse is used in traditional Chinese herbology, and as many as 20 million seahorses may be caught each year and sold for this purpose. This series of “Marine Life Protection” proof one dollar coins has been a hit with collectors since the first coin was issued in 1992. It is hard to say whether the obverse or reverse is the most attractive, but they are becoming exceedingly hard to find. Palau was chosen as the location for the 10th season of the hit reality series Survivor, and this coin depicts regional marine life, as well as a beautiful mermaid. This One Dollar coin is legal tender and has been issued by authority of the government of Palau.