Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck

The Australian one ounce silver piece (abbreviated as 1 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a bullion and commemorative coin format. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints authorised to strike legal tender: the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint which only makes collector and bullion coins, as well as other bullion products.

Both mints endeavour to create coins with attractive designs, and to introduce new designs and themes often, in order to raise the numismatic value of the coins over the value of previous metal used.

The 2020 Vergulde Draeck triangular one-ounce silver coin is the second release in the Australian Shipwreck series, following the Batavia release in 2019. The coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.

The exquisite design of the reverse conveys two scenes to communicate the journey of the Vergulde Draeck ("Gilt Dragon"). With the image of the ship viewed upright, the Gilt Dragon is shown setting sail in its full glory. Flipping the coin to view the text of "1656" and "Vergulde Draeck" upright depicts the ship in its final state capsized shortly after wrecking in 1656. The obverse design depicts scenes from the dramatic story of the Gilt Dragon before its ultimate demise.

On the morning of 28 April 1656, a VOC ship called the Vergulde Draeck, travelling towards Batavia (now Jakarta) with a load of trade goods, coins, cargo, passengers and crew, struck an uncharted reef off the coast of Western Australia. The reef gutted the ship and only 75 of the crew survived, along with a small quantity of provisions and a single boat.

The under steersman, Abraham Leeman, took the boat and six crew on an astonishing and gruelling journey to Batavia and reported the wreck. Several attempts were made to rescue the survivors, but they were never located. The wreck of the Vergulde Draeck was discovered in 1963 and was excavated in 1972. Some 19,000 coins were recovered, mainly Spanish reals and some Japanese silver coins. The mystery of what became of the survivors of the Vergulde Draeck has never been answered. This was one of the most enigmatic episodes of Australia’s maritime history.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 ONE DOLLAR.

The effigy and legend of the monarch are in a small circle above, with the face value superimposed on the image below, near the base of the triangle.

The background image, which takes most of the surface of the obverse, depicts the stylised representation of the sinking of the Vergulde Draeck, including survivors in a boat trying to pull a man out of the water, and an underwater scene of an open chest full of coins, with the VOC logo on the inside of the lid, and scattered coins (Spanish pieces of eight) and artefacts.

The rim is plain; there is a jagged border surrounding the design.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 ONE DOLLAR
Reverse
Australia / Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck - reverse photo

At centre, the Vergulde Draeck (Gilded Dragon) vessel in full sail, surrounded by decorative maritime inspired ornaments, including two merlions (mythical creatures with the body of a fish and a lion's head) supporting the ribbon below. On top, a knight's helmet.

The inscriptions are upside down; when the coin is inverted, these read: 1 oz .999 Ag (one ounce of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from the Latin Argentum), VERGULDE DRAECK in a ribbon, and 1656.

The designer's initials AB (for Aaron Baggio) are below right, behind the supporting merlion.

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1 oz .999 Ag VERGULDE DRAECK 1656
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Treasurer in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 5) 2019 on 11 September 2019, and the antique finish in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 4) Determination 2020 on 8 September 2020.

See also

There is also a gold one-ounce coin with the same reverse design.

Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck: Known varieties
Variety Antique Finish
Images Australia / Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck / Antique Finish - obverse photo Australia / Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck / Antique Finish - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 1,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated. The surfaces have an "antique" finish.

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Silver Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit20,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAaron Baggio
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeTriangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.900 mm
Thickness5.000 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-RGPX-OWQJ
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2020 $11oz Silver Triangular Investment Coin - Vergulde Draeck, Antiqued Finish
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2020 $11oz Silver Triangular Investment Coin - Vergulde Draeck, Antiqued Finish
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2020 $11oz Silver Triangular Investment Coin - Vergulde Draeck Reverse
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