Silver Ounce 2021 Pirate Queens - Anne Bonny, Coin from Solomon Islands - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Pirate Queens - Anne Bonny, Coin from Solomon Islands
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Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Solomon Islands has authorised a number of private mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself.

This design is the first issue in the Pirate Queens series of premium bullion coins by the Royal Australian Mint, and features Anne Bonny - one of the most notorious female pirates of her time.

The reverse of the coin features a view from the front towards the pirate ship of Anne Bonny and John Rackham, with a hoisted pirate flag. Below the ship is the typical pirate sign, which is also displayed on the flag - a skull above two crossed swords.

Born in Kinsale, Ireland, in the late 1690s, Anne Bonny was the daughter of Mary Brennan, a maid, and William Cormac, a lawyer. When the affair became public, Cormac, Mary and Anne emigrated to the United States. There, Anne was to be married to a respected merchant before her 20th birthday - but she met and married the sailor John Bonny. Through him she gained her first insights into piracy and was deeply fascinated by the new world that revealed itself to her. When she finally met the pirate John Rackham in today's Nassau (Bahamas), she left John Bonny to make the seas unsafe together with Rackham. They were later joined by the equally famous female pirate Mary Read. In 1720, the pirate crew was ambushed and overpowered. Rackham was executed, whereas Anne Bonny and Mary Read were initially imprisoned due to alleged pregnancies. Mary Read died there of a fever - the fate of Anne Bonny remains uncertain to this day.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage10,000
Obverse
Solomon Islands / Silver Ounce 2021 Pirate Queens - Anne Bonny - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS 2021 · 2 DOLLARS ·.

The inscription "ANNE BONNY" and the weight and fineness complete the design. The reverse shows the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the year of issue.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS 2021 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Solomon Islands / Silver Ounce 2021 Pirate Queens - Anne Bonny - reverse photo

Enclosed in a circle reminiscent of a ship's helm, the reverse of the coin shows a pirate ship under sail, with a pirate flag on top of its main mast.

Overlaid on the waves below, a pirate symbol of a human skull and two crossed curved swords.

Around above left, the precious metal content 1 oz .999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver). Around above right, the inscription ANNE BONNY.

The designer's initials AWB (for Adam William Ball) are below right, just above the waves.

Reverse Inscription 1 oz .999 SILVER ANNE BONNY
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule, or 10 coins in a mint roll, or 240 coins in a masterbox.

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Silver Ounce 2021 Pirate Queens - Anne Bonny: Details
CountrySolomon Islands
CurrencySolomon Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAdam Ball
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-AAVK-EYPL
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