The demands of Britain and her incessant wars during the 18th century led to protests against the Crown’s taxes in the Thirteen Colonies of America from at least a decade before the beginning of the War of Independence. Well before the Boston Tea Party, another outburst of unrest would mark a milestone on the way to revolution. The rapacious customs schooner HMS Gaspeeran aground near the village of Warwick in 1772 and came under attack from over fifty disgruntled locals, who captured the crew and burnt the vessel. The 250th anniversary of this event is celebrated by the 2022 American Revolution The Gaspee Affair 1 oz Silver Colorized Coin.
The 2022 Colorized American Revolution The Gaspee Affair Silver Coin comes in an attractive presentation case secured inside an acrylic capsule. It sports colorized artwork along with the brilliant mirrored backdrops of a proof-quality collectible, and each coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The coin’s obverse side features an engraving of the people of the Mesa Grande Sovereign Nation. It shows them gathered under the boughs of an oak tree with the rays of the sun radiating from beyond, while a banner carrying the band’s name is shown clasped in the talons of the bald eagle in foreground. This image is accompanied by the inscriptions “AMERICA” and “$1.”
The coin’s reverse features a realistic colorized scene of the immolation of theHMS Gaspee.It’s accompanied by the inscriptions “The Gaspee Affair” in “1772 – 2022.”
The Gaspee Affair takes its name from a notorious British customs ship called theHMS Gaspee,which in the wake of the Seven Years’ War had become known for detaining ships and confiscating their cargo without charge or due process. The ship’s commander might have been trying to harry the Sons of Liberty, a prominent and popular tax protest group, but he drew the ire of the people on the affected coasts instead. One night, a vessel lured the schooner into grounding itself near the village of Warwick, and the crew quickly found themselves attacked and captured and their vessel put to the torch in a statement of protest against taxation.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Producer||Native American Mint|
|Product Series||American Revolution|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Packaging Dimensions||3.4 x 3.3 x 1.0|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|