The gold and silver coins for sale in the Shipwreck Series from the Royal Australian Mint catalog some of the many famous shipwrecks of centuries past that have occurred along the extensive coastline of the Australian continent. In the second release, the famed Vergulde Draeck is depicted in the collection. 2020 1 oz Silver Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Coins are now available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coin ships with a protective plastic capsule!
- Second coin design in the Shipwreck Series from the Royal Australian Mint!
- Mintage limited to 20,000 silver coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by Australia.
- The obverse side of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II and the aftermath of the sinking of the Vergulde Draeck.
- On the reverse face of the coin is the Vergulde Draeck sailing the oceans with an ornate maritime border design.
The Vergulde Draeck was completed in 1653 and met its fate on the high seas some three years later. After rounding the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in early 1656, the ship was on its way to the Dutch East India Company’s trading headquarters in Batavia, Indonesia. The ship would never reach the city, now known as Jakarta, Indonesia.
On 28 April 1656, the Vergulde was sailing between the coastal cities of Seabird and Ledge Point off the coast of Western Australia. Overnight, the ship struck a submerged coral reef and sank. The ship had a total crew of 193 individuals, eight boxes of silver coins, and trade goods valued at one-and-a-half times that of the silver coins. Only 75 individuals initially survived the shipwreck to make it to shore.
The obverse side of the 2020 1 oz Silver Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Coins includes the image of the Vergulde sinking in the distance as the survivors struggle to shore. From the party of 75 survivors, 8 were dispatched on a rescue mission to sail on a small barge attached to the Vergulde that survived the sinking. This group of eight was tasked with reaching Batavia some 1,400 nautical miles away to try and summon help. Queen Elizabeth II is featured on this side as well in the Jody Clark right-profile effigy that debuted on Australian coins beginning in 2018/2019.
On the reverse face of the coin, the full splendor of the Vergulde Draeck is visible on the 2020 Silver Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck coin. The three-masted ship is depicted sailing safely on calm waters with an ornate border design decorated in a maritime theme.
These 2020 1 oz Silver Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Coins are available to you in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The coins are housed inside of specially designed triangular plastic capsules to perfectly fit the triangular bullion coins.
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