The Vergulde Draeck was a three-masted, 137-foot long ship constructed in 1653 for the Dutch East India Company. Used to transport coins and trade goods between the Netherlands and the Dutch East India Companys colonies in the South Pacific, the Vergulde Draeck is one of many wooden vessels to sink off the coast of Western Australia. Right now, you can buy 2020 Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck 1 oz Gold Coins online at Provident Metals.
You will receive your 2020 Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck 1 oz Gold Coin inside of a triangular protective plastic capsule that was specially designed for the Shipwreck Series of bullion coins. The coins in this listing come in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
The obverse design element of the 2020 Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck 1 oz Gold Coin features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II at the top of the design field. This portrait is the sixth-generation effigy of Her Majesty on Australian coins and the first since 1966 to include her neckline and shoulders. Below the Queens effigy, you will find a scene depicting the aftermath of the Vergulde Draecks sinking. As the ship sinks in the night, 75 individuals from a crew of 193 were able to scramble ashore.
On the reverse face of 2020 Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Gold Coins is an image of the ship sailing on calm waters. The ship is upright and sailing with its cargo. In an odd twist to the design of these coins, if you turn the triangular coin so you can read the weight, purity, and metal content on this face of the coin, you will see the Vergulde Draeck as it ended up on the ocean floor: upside down.
The Vergulde Draeck sank on the night of 28 April 1656 after striking a coral reef. 118 of the 193 crew members died in the sinking. Of the 75 survivors, only those eight sent to Batavia in a small barge to get help would survive. Four subsequent rescue missions dispatched from Batavia never found any of the survivors of the sinking along the coast of Western Australia.
These 2020 Australian Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck 1 oz Gold Coins are produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the sovereign mint of Australia founded in 1965 in the federal capital of Canberra.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Producer||Royal Australian Mint|
|Product Series||Australian Shipwreck|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $99 Ship Free|