The oceans of the world are littered with shipwrecks created by storms or resulting from collisions. One of the most infamous in Australia’s history was the Batavia, the flagship of the Dutch East India Company. The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new shipwreck series with the Batavia as its debut design. Right now, 2019 1 oz Australian Shipwreck Batavia Silver Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives inside of triangular protective plastic capsules!
- 1st coin in the 4-coin Shipwreck Series!
- Limited mintage of only 20,000 coins!
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of $1 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- On the obverse the survivors of the Batavia battle onshore with Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy overhead.
- The reverse side of the coin includes a depiction of the Batavia as it sails along.
Each of the 2019 1 oz Australian Shipwreck Batavia Silver Coins in this series is available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. These first-ever triangular silver bullion coins come with distinctive triangular plastic capsules.
The Batavia was the flagship of the Dutch East India Company and was built in Amsterdam in 1628. Within months of its completion, the Batavia departed for the capital city of the Dutch East Indies, Batavia, on October 29, 1628. Its maiden voyage would prove to be its last as the ship was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia.
On the reverse of the 2019 1 oz Australian Shipwreck Batavia Silver Coins is a depiction of the Batavia as it sailed on its maiden voyage. The border design fields incorporate design elements from the actual ship’s construction. You’ll notice that the date of the shipwreck “1629,” the name of the ship “Batavia,” and the coin’s weight, purity, and metal content are all upside down. When you flip the coin to view these elements upright, this puts the design of the Batavia itself in the position it ultimately came to rest: capsized.
The Batavia was steered off course on purpose by Ariaen Jacobsz, the skipper, after the ship left the Cape of Good Hope where it had stopped for supplies on its way to the Dutch East Indies capital of Batavia, now the city of Jakarta.
For the obverse design of the 2019 Australian Shipwreck Batavia Silver Coins, the Royal Australian Mint offers the scenes of chaos that plagued the survivors of the Batavia. The ship struck a reef along the Houtman Abrolhos off the coast of Western Australia. 40 of the 341 individuals on the ship perished when it capsized and a mutiny led to the deaths of another 110 men, women, and children from the ship.
If you have any questions about these silver bullion coins, please contact JM Bullion. Please feel free to call us at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email.