2013 was a big year for the British Britannia Silver Coins from the Royal Mint of England. The 2013 release of the coins saw the metallic fineness increased from .925 silver to .999 silver and also came with a special release honoring the wreck of the S.S. Gairsoppa. Provident Metals currently offers 2013 S.S. Gairsoppa British Britannia 1/4 oz Silver Coins for purchase online.
When you purchase a 2013 S.S. Gairsoppa British Britannia 1/4 oz Silver Coin in this listing, the product you receive comes in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The coins are available to you individually inside of protective plastic flips or inside of mint tubes containing 10 to 20 silver coins. These releases are unique in the Britannia Silver Series as they feature an edge-lettered inscription with the name S.S. Gairsoppa, the sunken ship honored with this release.
On the obverse of the 2013 S.S. Gairsoppa British Britannia 1/4 oz Silver Coin is the depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the fourth-generation effigy for British coins and was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley. It depicts the Queen in right-profile relief with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara on her head.
The reverse field of 2013 S.S. Gairsoppa British Britannia 1/4 oz Silver Coins includes the Philip Nathan design of Britannia. Created in 1987 for the Royal Mint of England and the release of the Britannia Gold Coins, this modern vision features the female personification of the country standing with a trident in one hand and a shield in the other.
The S.S. Gairsoppa was a British merchant ship traveling to Britain from India during World War II with a cargo load that included 7,000,000 ounces of silver ingots. The ship was running low on coal off the coast of Ireland and sunk by a German aircraft that torpedoed the S.S. Gairsoppa in 1941. In 2012, a US company contracted by the British government located the wreck and recovered some 1,400,000 ounces of silver. That silver found its way into these coins.
These 2013 S.S. Gairsoppa British Britannia 1/4 oz Silver Coins are available to you with silver included in the metallic content recovered from the S.S. Gairsoppa wreck.
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