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BRG14QOZ

SS Gairsoppa Britannia 2014 UK Quarter-Ounce Silver Coin

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  • Quarter-Ounce Britannia with SS Gairsoppa inscription
  • Struck in silver recovered from the Gairsoppa
  • Bullion standard, in a fascinating folder
  • Includes a DVD of the three-episode TV series following the recovery, Silver Rush
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Beautiful Britannia bullion coins, struck in silver raised from the deep

In 1941 the SS Gairsoppa was carrying much needed supplies to a Britain in the grip of the Second World War – including silver destined for The Royal Mint – when she was torpedoed. All but one of her crew perished. For 70 years she has lain below almost three miles of icy water, until she was discovered in 2011. Her precious cargo has now been recovered and we have finally struck coins bearing the ‘queen of the seas’, Britannia, in the ship’s honour – just 20,000 coins will be available in this Limited Edition Presentation. 

A story to treasure

Though the story of the Gairsoppa is tragic, it is also a tale of survival. For just as the one remaining crew member, Richard Ayres, battled the terrible seas to reach home, so the Gairsoppa’s cargo has at last reached its destination. In a record-breaking mission – for Gairsoppa lay at a depth of some 2.9 miles, deeper even than the Titanic – almost all her silver was recovered. Some of those ingots were finally delivered to The Royal Mint. Her story now comes full circle as we strike Gairsoppa’s silver into Quarter-Ounce Britannia coins – bearing the stirring image of Britannia, the Queen of the Seas, defender of Britain’s shores.

Each precious coin is part of a story to treasure, presented in a specially designed pack that brings Gairsoppa’s last journey, the bravery of Richard Ayres and the wonder of the salvage mission to life. The pack also includes a DVD of the three-episode TV series following the recovery, Silver Rush. This is such an extraordinary issue of coins and interest is already extremely high. If you wish to honour one of the most poignant tales of the Second World War, you should act with haste.

The story of the SS Gairsoppa is a tragic one. Of the 85 crew members on board, most were lost with their ship. Some men gained the safety of the only surviving lifeboat. All but seven of them would perish in the cold and difficult weeks to follow. When their rudderless lifeboat finally glimpsed land, the fierce waves would see only one man, Second Mate Richard Ayres, reach the shore alive.

Each coin has been struck to bullion standard – fitting for a treasure reborn from the deep. The beautiful portrait of Britannia standing as Britain’s guardian by Philip Nathan features on the coins, each with the ship’s name as an edge inscription in a lasting tribute to Gairsoppa and her crew. This is a limited presentation of 20,000 coins, for of course only a small quantity of Gairsoppa’s silver will ever be minted. 

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Lovely little pice of history

By Mark,

This is a lovely little coin That's a pleasure to own. Than you for adding the dvd this makes for a very interest watch and adds to the coins appeal.

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By Bilal,

It feels good to own a piece of history, the DVD was brilliant and for £30 you cannot go wrong!

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Daniel

By Daniel,

History doesn't get any closer than this. The beautiful design of Britannia is enough to make this a special coin, but the history of the silver itself, lying undiscovered on the sea bed in the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa. It's not every day the Royal Mint create a coin from silver that was torpedoed in WWII by a German U-Boat. If that wasn't enough, the silver had lain hidden for 70 years, lying at a depth far deeper than the that of RMS Titanic. This a coin I keep going back to time and again - and the accompanying DVD of how they found and recovered the silver is a great touch. Well done Royal Mint. Can't wait to see the next coin / DVD combo!

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