SHIPS, BOATS, AIRPLANES AND TRAINS ON COINS
TERCENTENARY COIN FEATURES SAILING SHIP
tiny British possession of St. Helena issued this 38.6mm copper-nickel
25 Pence coin in 1973 to honor its 300th Anniversary of
continuous British rule. It is one of Britain’s oldest
colonies. The remote island, located in the South Atlantic
was discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. After passing
between British and Dutch control, it was retaken by the British East
India Company in 1673, who ruled it until 1836, when it was turned over
to the British government. Due to its remote
location it has frequently been used as a detention place.
Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled and died there. Its location made it an
important stopover for sailing ships traveling from Asia to Europe.
During the mid early and mid-19th century as many as a thousand sailing
ships a year would stop to replenish food and water. With the
coming of steam shipping and the opening of the Suez Canal its
strategic and economic importance diminished. Now one Royal
Mail Ship makes an occasional visit, and that is expected to cease when
an airport is opened. One side of the coin depicts a sailing ship
with the dates 1673 1973 and the legend “ST. HELENA
TERCENTENARY”. The other side portrays Queen
Elizabeth. It was the first coin issued for St. Helena since
1821 and has a mintage of just 100,000 pieces.
SH-25P ST. HELENA 25 PENCE 1973 300th ANNIVERSARY KM5 UNC. $9.50
TRISTAN DA CUNHA HONORS EXPLORERS
WITH SQUARE COINS
The tiny island nation of Tristan da Cunha recently released a set of
six square silver-plated coins honoring famous explorers.
Each coin depicts a different explorer, along with their ship and a
ship’s wheel. Depicted are Marco Polo,
Christopher Columbus, Tristao da Cunha (who discovered the
island), Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Walter Raleigh and Captain
James Cook. The 35mm coins are dated 2014 and are denominated
1 Crown. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. It is an
attractive and moderately priced set.
TDC-EXPLORER TRISTAN DA CUNHA SET OF 6 1
CROWN,2014 EXPLORERS, BU
ON NEW COMMEMORATIVE 5 RUPEE FROM INDIA
recently released a 5 Rupee coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of
the Komagata Maru Incident. The Japanese steamship Komagata
carried 376 Indian passengers, all of whom were British subjects, to
Vancouver Canada, with the purpose of testing immigrating to Canada in
order to challenge Canada’s Asian Exclusion laws. When the
arrived in Canada, it was not allowed to dock. Eventually 24
passengers were admitted to Canada. The rest were kept on the ship
under poor conditions. After 2 months of waiting off-shore
ship was forced to return the passengers to India, which took over 2
more months. Upon its arrival in Calcutta British authorities tried to
arrest the leaders who had organized the voyage. A riot broke
out, shots were fired and 19 passengers were killed. The rest
the passengers were arrested, though some managed to escape.
coin depicts the ship on one side and has the standard 5 Rupee design
on the other.
IN-KOMOGATA INDIA 5 RUPEES (2014) KOMAGATA
MARA INCIDENT UNC.
WWI BATTLE OF THE
Falkland Islands issued this 2014 bi-metallic 2 Pound coin
commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the
Falklands. The battle was one of most decisive naval battles
in World War I. The Germans lost four warships and nearly
2000 sailors. The British suffered only 10 deaths.
The battle gave the British control over the South Atlantic and gave
them a great morale boost. The 28.4mm coin depicts the fast
light cruiser HMS Glasgow, one of the key ships in the battle.
FK-2P14 FALKLANDS 2 POUNDS 2014 100th ANNIV.
OF FALKLANDS NAVAL BATTLE, UNC
POLAND HONORS HER NAVY
Poland recently started a series 2 Zlote coins honoring famous shops of
the Polish Navy. The 27mm "Nordic
(aluminum-bronze) coins depict the Polish arms on one side and the ship
on the other.
Polish ship ORP Dragon was originally built for the British Royal Navy
in World War I as a light cruiser. She was launched in 1917
as the HMS Dragon. In 1919 she took was part of a task force
during the Russian Civil War aiding Latvia and Estonia against the
Bolsheviks and Germans. She had uneventful service in the
Royal Navy during the first part of World War II. In 1943 she
was refurbished and modernized, then handed over to the Polish
Navy. She saw action in the Normandy Landings in June
1944. On July 7, 1944 she was heavily damaged by a German
torpedo and was later scuttled to form part of the artificial
breakwater near Courseulles, France.
PL-DRAGON POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2012 SHIP DRAGON
Piorun was a destroyer originally commissioned by the British Royal
Navy in 1939, but was transferred to the Polish Navy in 1940. The name
Piorun means lighting. She saw action against the German
battleship Bismark, and later in the Mediterranean. She
participated in the invasion of Sicily. In 1946 she
was returned to the British Royal Navy and was scrapped in 1955.
PL-PIORUN POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2012 DESTROYER
Warzszawa (Warsaw) was a destroyer originally built for the Soviet Navy
and launched in 1956 as the Spravedlivyy. In 1970 she was
transferred to the Polish Navy and renamed after Poland's capital
city. She was 126.1 m long (414 feet), had a 2662 ton
displacement and carried a crew of 285. She was
decommissioned in 1986 and scrapped in 1991.
PL-WARSAW POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2013 DESTROYER
guided-missile frigate ORP Generał
Kazimierz Pulaski is the latest Polish Naval vessel to be featured on a
2 Zlote coin of Poland. The ship was commissioned by the
United States Navy as the USS Clark in 1980. In 2000 she was
transferred to Poland, who renamed her after the hero of both Poland’s
and the United States’ independence. General Pulaski was one
of the leading military commanders of the Bar Confederation that fought
against Russian domination of the Polish–Lithuanian
Commonwealth. He was a brilliant and heroic commander,
however he often acted independently, disobeying or ignoring
orders. Following the defeat of the Confederation in 1772 he
ended up in debtors’ prison in France. In 1777 he was
recruited by the Marquis de Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin for service
in the American Revolutionary War. In the Battle of
Brandywine his cavalry actions most likely saved George Washington’s
life and saved the Continental Army from annihilation. He was
awarded the rank of Brigadier General and set about to reform the
Calvary. He became known as "father of the American cavalry".
He used his own funds in order to assure his forces had proper
equipment and to assure their personal safety. In 1779 he
died from wounds received during a Calvary charge during the Siege of
PL-PULASKI POLAND 2 ZLOTE 2013
FRIGATE GENERAL PULASKI
AND FAMOUS SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY
In 2008 the British possession of Tristan da Cunha released a series of
38.6mm copper-nickel 1 Crown coins featuring Historic and Famous Ships
of the Royal Navy. Included were six sailing ships:
the HMS Beagle, HMS Bounty, The Golden Hind, HMS Vanguard, HMS Victoria
and HMS Victory. Nine modern warships were featured: the HMS
Ark Royal, HMS Belfast, HMS Britannia, HMS Colossus, HMS Coventry, HMS
Dreadnought, HMS Illustrious, HMS Invincible, and the HMS Sceptre (a
submarine). Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse. See
our website for images of all 15 coins. They are attractive
coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
TDC-SAIL6 TRISTAN DA CUNHA SET OF 6 SAILING
SHIP 1 CROWN COINS, BU out
TDC-SHIP9 TRISTAN DA CUNHA SET OF 9 MODERN
SHIP 1 CROWN COINS, BU
ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS FEATURES
Islands was settled in 1790 by Fletcher Christian and eight mutineers
from the Bounty,
along with their Tahitian consorts. Today it
is a British Overseas Territory with a population of about 50, who are
descendents of those original mutineers. This 2010 dated
38.6mm copper-nickel 2 Dollar coin depicts their ship, H.M.A.V. Bounty
on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse. The coin has a
mintage of only 20.000 pieces. It is an
attractive coin from a tiny but famous island.
PN-2D10 PITCAIRN ISLANDS 2 DOLLARS 2010 KM60
TARMO ON SILVER PROOF COIN
The Icebreaker Tarmo,
the oldest preserved icebreaker in the world, is
featured on this sterling silver Proof 2009 5 Dollar coin
from Palau. Built in England in 1907, the 67 meter long (198
foot) steam powered vessel started service in Finland in January, 1908.
For more than 80 years, she supported as many as 450 ships a
year on their journey through Finland's polar ice. Since 1992
she has been a museum ship. The arms of Palau is on the obverse.
The 38.6mm sterling silver weighs
20 grams, contains approximately .6 troy ounces of silver and has a
mintage of only 2500 pieces.
PW-TARMO PALAU 5 DOLLARS 2009 ICEBREAKER
TARMO KM242 SILVER PROOF
SAILING SHIP "FLYING
CLOUD" ON SILVER
PROOF COIN FROM LIBERIA
"Flying Cloud" was a revolutionary sailing ship launched in Boston
in 1851. It brought miners from New York to San
Francisco, around the treacherous Cape Horn, a distance of
approximately 15,000 sea miles (28,000 km) in only 89 days. A record
for the time. The vessel measured 73 meters long (240 feet)
and 12 meters wide (39 feet). The remarkable ship is pictured
on this sterling silver Proof 10 Dollar coin from Liberia.
The arms of Liberia is on the obverse. The 2003
dated coin is 38.6mm in diameter and weights 25
grams, has a mintage of only 5000 pieces and contains .74
grams of silver. It is a lovely coin featuring a famous
LR-CLOUD LIBERIA 10 DOLLARS 2003 FLYING
CLOUD KM708 SILVER PROOF
SHIPS ON PACIFIC ISLAND 2010 COINS
was launched in 1902 in Bremerhaven, Germany.. The five-mast
vessel possessed over 45 sails with a total area of over 6,800 square
meters, allowing her to reach speeds of up to 20 knots. She
was nearly 150 meters long and could transport 8000 tons of
cargo. At the time she was launched she was the largest
sailing vessel in the world with no auxiliary power. Her main
route was carrying saltpeter from Chile, around Cape Horn, to
Germany. She sank in the English Channel in 1910 after being
rammed by a steamship. The Preussen is
portrayed on this sterling silver Proof 10 Dollar coin from
Samoa. The arms of Samoa are on the obverse.
The SMS Gneisenau
was a German Navy training vessel. Launched in 1880 in
Danzig, the three-masted ship had over 2210 square meters of sail and
an additional steam engine, allowing her to reach 12 knots.
She had an iron unarmored hull with 15 guns. Her crew
consisted of 406 cadets and 58 officers. After several
journeys to Germany's Far East colonies, she sank in a severe storm,
off of Spain in 1890 with a loss of 40 lives. The SMS Gneisenau is
portrayed on this sterling silver Proof 10 Dollar coin from the Solomon
Islands. Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse.
Both coins are 38.6mm, contain 20 grams of sterling silver and are
dated 2010. Each coin has a mintage of only 2500 pieces.
WS-PREUSSEN SAMOA 10 DOLLARS 2010 SAILING
SHIP PREUSSEN SILVER PROOF
SB-GNEISENAU SOLOMON IS. 10 DOLLARS 2010
SHIP KM121 SMS GNEISENAU SILVER PROOF
NOW YOU CAN OWN A FERRARI!
maybe not the car, but an officially licensed multi-color 1 Dollar coin
from the Cook Islands featuring the Ferrari F2008 race car.
attractive 38.6 mm silver-plated coin features a multi-color image of a
red Ferrari in a race on one side, and Queen Elizabeth on the
The coin comes in a descriptive folder that gives detailed
specifications of the car. The undated coin has a
5000 pieces. As far as I can figure, the only connection
car and the Cook Islands is that there are none in the Cook
Anyway, I am sure the coin will be popular. The coins theme,
attractive design and packaging make it a great gift for auto and
SP-CK-FERRARI COOK IS. 1 DOLLAR FERRARI F2008
FIRST COIN OF BASSAS DA
INDIA FEATURES SAILING SHIP
INDIA CELEBRATES 100th
ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL AVIATION
SOMALIA SPORTS CAR SHAPED COINS
BRITISH HEROES COINS
INCLUDES AIRPLANES, SAILING SHIP
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