Product Code: L4461000
To mark the 475th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Francis Drake, Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a new commemorative coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands Government.
One of the greatest sea captains of all time, Drake was born in Devonshire, England around 1540 and first took to the seas at the age of 12 or 13. He was to become a successful privateer and talented navigator. He was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I, as a privateer, to sail for the Americas.
The design on this collector's coin features a map in the background of the British Virgin Islands with an image of the ship Defiance heading through what is now known as the Sir Francis Drake Channel. A cameo portrait of Drake is also shown. The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
Available in Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver, each coin is detailed to perfection with the precious metal versions being struck four times to attain the Pobjoy quality ‘proof’ finish.
Drake was the first to pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast of South America. In 1577 Queen Elizabeth selected him to be the head of an expedition that was to sail around the world and after achieving this he returned to England and was knighted aboard The Golden Hind in 1581. In 1588 Drake was appointed Vice Admiral of the Navy that destroyed the Spanish Armada.
Drake set sail for the final time in 1595 when he embarked on a voyage to the Caribbean on board The Defiance. He was sent back to attack Spanish settlements in the West Indies but unfortunately died on the journey home. He was buried at sea in a lead coffin.
|Metal||Uncirculated Cupro Nickel|
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