Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bermuda Shipwrecks Silver Proof Sea Venture Coin

Struck for Bermuda, this .999 fine silver Proof Bermuda Shipwrecks Silver Proof Sea Venture coin features the most famous shipwreck to be discovered in Bermuda's waters, the Sea Venture. The grounding of the Sea Venture played a vital role in Bermuda's history as it led to its eventual settlement in 1612. Both the detailed design of the Sea Venture and the Queen's portrait are enhanced by 23 carat gold plating, highlighted against the gleaming fine silver background.

Imagine the thrill of owning a legal tender coin. This large uniquely triangular-shaped.999 fine silver coin features a stunning reverse design depicting the famous Sea Venture.

There is limited availability with just 1,000 coins struck to satisfy worldwide demand
This fine gold coin is struck in .999 fine silver with selective 23 carat gold plating and measures 65 millimetres in diameter and weighs 155.52 grammes

Coin features a silhouette of a ‘hog’ recalling Bermuda’s first coinage, the ‘hogge money’ and is presented in an attractive display case and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

The edge of the coin is also plated in 23 carat gold, superbly framing both the reverse and obverse designs.

Only 1,000 silver Proof Sea Venture $9 coins will ever be struck to satisfy worldwide demand

Presented in an attractive display case and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Alloy: .999 Fine Silver
Weight: 999 g
Diameter: 100 mm
Denomination: $9
Price is: £275.00
Code: BT65SVSP

This unique Bermuda Shipwrecks Silver Proof Sea Venture Coin will make a worthy addition to any pirates treasure chest!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Fighting Ships of World War II 1oz Silver Five-Coin Set

The Perth Mint is about to launch a superb collector Set portraying five historic World War II fighting ships etched in naval folklore as a result of their powerful symbolism, epic encounters and courageous crews.

The five ships portrayed are:

USSR Sevastopol
Built for the Imperial Russian Navy, the dreadnought Sevastopol (aka Paris Commune) supported the Red Army during Hitler's disastrous war on the Eastern Front, bombarding German forces on the Crimean Peninsula with savage effect.

HMS Hood
Proud of her as the ultimate symbol of their naval strength during the inter-war years, the British were deeply shocked when the ‘Mighty’ Hood was sunk by the Bismarck in the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941.

Churchill issued his famous command to sink the Bismarck just days after she broke out into the Atlantic in May 1941. The largest battleship in Germany's Kriegsmarine fought valiantly until she was sunk on 27 May.

IJN Yamato
The largest, heaviest battleship ever constructed and the flagship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Yamato succumbed to repeated bomb and torpedo hits from US aircraft while on the way to defend Okinawa in April 1945.

USS Missouri
The United States' last battleship hosted one of the most famous moments of World War II when Japanese officials came aboard on 2 September 1945 to sign the document of unconditional surrender, thereby ending the War.

Each 2007-dated coin, which bears Raphael Maklouf's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse, will be issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.

The set is attractively presented in a unique screen printed presentation case and protective box shipper. (Disclaimer: The colour of the presentation packaging may vary slightly as a result of the screen-printing process employed.)

The Set will be accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity containing detailed information about each ship, including launch date, dimensions, and main guns.

Note that there will be an extremely limited number of sets struck with no more than 1,500 of these Five-Coin Sets released..

Coin specifications.
Historic World War II Battleships
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Coloured Reverse Designs
Issued as Legal Tender
Presentation Packaging
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Extremely Limited Release Only 1,500 sets will be available.

This fantastic Fighting Ships of World War II 1oz Silver Five-Coin Set will be available from the 7. June 2007 so it will be a case of first come first served!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

2007 $20 Silver Coin—Brigantine Tall ships

The Canadian Mint have recently introduced the fascinating 2007 Brigantine Tall ships $20 Silver Coin.

With the start of this new collection of tall ships, innovation and tradition come together in this eternally captivating collection of 99.99% pure silver coins featuring tall ships enhanced with selective holograms. The third issue celebrates the brigantine and sets itself apart with a design of two ships sailing into the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In sailing, a brigantine is a vessel with two masts, at least one of which is square rigged. Originally the brigantine was a small ship carrying both oars and sails. It was a favorite of Mediterranean pirates and its name comes from the Italian word "brigantino" which meant brigand's ship.

In modern parlance, a brigantine is a principally fore-and-aft rig with a square rigged foremast, as opposed to a brig which is square rigged on both masts.
In the late 17th century, the Royal Navy used the term brigantine (often contracted to brig) to refer to small two-masted vessels designed to be rowed as well as to sail, rigged with square sails on both masts.

This is, incidentally, also where the term Brig, or prison cell on a ship originated.
The coin specifications are:

Mintage: 16,000
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Finish: proof (with selective hologram on the reverse)
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Edge: serrated
Certificate: serialized
Face value: $20
Artist: Bonnie Ross
Reverse: The majestic sails of two historic brigantines sail in front of Purdy’s Wharf.
Obverse: Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

For those interested in the tall ships of the line this would be an excellent collection to have and the 2007 $20 Silver Coin—Brigantine Tall ships would be a very good start.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

2007 Silver Proof Piedfort Collection

The British Royal Mint has put together a very unique Silver Proof Piedfort Collection that will likely become one of the most sort after collections in times to come. For coin enthusiasts this is one of the most eagerly awaited coin collections.

According to the Mint, “Twice the Weight and Twice the Thickness Piedfort coins are always one of the Royal Mint’s most eagerly awaited issues of the year and a must-have for every serious coin collector. Originating in the royal courts of twelfth-century France, Piedforts were thicker than normal coins and were given as prized gifts by the King to a small number of favoured dignitaries. Today this tradition is continued with all Piedfort coins being struck using blanks that are double the weight of the standard silver Proof coins.

Piedforts are also struck in very limited numbers and rarely offered to the public when they are.

The magnificent 2007 United Kingdom Piedfort Collection brings together five new United Kingdom Piedfort coins. Struck in sterling.925 silver to Proof quality, this splendid silver collection is certain to become a family treasure. The collection includes:

The Diamond Wedding Anniversary Piedfort Crown

The splendid obverse depicts a new conjoint portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip created by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS - only the fifth conjoint portrait in British numismatic history. The reverse design by Emma Noble is a beautiful depiction of the north rose window at Westminster Abbey, the venue of the royal wedding ceremony.

200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 Piedfort

This design focuses on the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The reverse by David Gentleman, RDI, depicts a chain with one link broken, representing a ‘release from subjection’, and doubles as the zero in the anniversary date of 1807.

300th Anniversary of the Act of Union £2 Piedfort

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union that brought together the kingdoms of Scotland and England under one Parliament. The reverse design by artist Yvonne Holton, FRSA, symbolises the joining of Scotland and England by the use of a rose for England and a thistle for Scotland quartered with two portcullis signifying Parliament.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge £1 Piedfort

The 2007 silver Proof one pound Piedfort is the final coin in a series of four designs by Edwina Ellis, each illustrating a bridge from the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Opened to the public on 17 September 2001, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge stretches 126 metres across the River Tyne and has a distinctive arched opening.

100th Anniversary of the Scout Movement 50p Piedfort

The fifty pence Piedfort coin for 2007 is issued this year to commemorate 100 years of Scouting. Originally founded in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, the Scout Movement has grown phenomenally since its humble beginnings. The design appropriately features a globe, emphasising the growth of the Scout Movement, along with the Scouts' familiar fleur-de-lys and their famous motto ‘Be Prepared’.

Only 3000 collections worldwide will be available and it is a sure bet that dealers will be the first to snap them up for later profitable sales.

Other features to make then extremely collectable include:

The new conjoint portrait will only appear on the 2007 Diamond Wedding Crown

The two new two-pound coins for 2007 both include fine gold plating on their outer rings

Double the weight and double the thickness of their circulating counterparts - and therefore contain twice the amount of pure silver

Accompanied by a full-colour booklet and Certificate of Authenticity

Housed in an attractive presentation case.

The order code is UK07PF5S and the price is a princely £249.95