The joint 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Two-Coin Gold Proof Set from the United States Mint and The Royal Mint features exquisite one-quarter ounce, 24-karat gold coins with designs telling the complex narrative of the Mayflower’s journey from the American and British historical viewpoints.
The two world-renowned mints’ close collaboration in producing this unique set reflects the importance of the Mayflower voyage’s milestone anniversary to both countries. It also marks the first American-British pairing of two gold coins in the same set, powerful numismatic symbols of the countries’ special and enduring relationship.
The dual set’s coins are artfully crafted to present both nations’ perspectives of the Mayflower voyage and its history, lending a deeper and richer context. The United States Mint’s 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Gold Proof Coin and the reverse of The Royal Mint’s Gold Proof Coin feature similarly styled designs, all by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello.
The United States Mint gold coin obverse depicts a Wampanoag family watching from the border of the design as the Mayflower arrives from foreign shores. A young boy steps on the border, representing the intersection of the Wampanoag people in their Patuxet homeland and the Mayflower passengers. Inscriptions are “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “PATUXET,” and “$10.”
The United States Mint gold coin reverse depicts portraits of a Pilgrim man and woman, representing the beginnings of a transition from monarchy to democracy. The dual portraits symbolize a democratic organization, with their resolute expressions focused on a self-determined future. A pair of mayflower blossoms flank the design. Inscriptions are “1620,” “PLYMOUTH,” “2020,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “AU 24K 1/4 OZ.,” and “UNITED STATES of AMERICA.”
The Royal Mint gold coin obverse features the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. Created by Jody Clark, it has appeared on UK coins since its introduction in 2015.
The Royal Mint gold coin reverse depicts the Mayflower almost bursting out of the frame as it sails through the rough seas. This dramatic interpretation of the ship on its journey to the New World represents the unwavering determination of the passengers and crew. The design includes the inscriptions “1620,” “2020,” and “MAYFLOWER” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary.
The coins for this set are encapsulated and enclosed in a cadet blue presentation case. The year “1620,” a mayflower blossom, and “2020” appear on the inside lid of the presentation case. They are secured in an outer packaging of similar color. An outer sleeve decorated with the U.S. and U.K. flags, United States Mint Seal, The Royal Mint logo, and the product name complement the packaging.
A beautiful Certificate of Authenticity with a brief story of the Mayflower departure and arrival is included along with information about this collaborative set. Both the Director of the United States Mint and the Deputy Master/Chief Executive of The Royal Mint signatures are included on the certificate along with the product limit. These certificates are individually numbered and the United States Mint product limit for this set is only 4,850.
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