Gold Ounce 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart, Coin from Tuvalu
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The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the gold ounce format (abbreviated as 1 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

This coin is the second release in the pirate-themed Black Flag series of premium bullion coins, and features Black Bart and The Royal Fortune.

Bartholomew Roberts (1682 - 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate and the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy (measured by vessels captured), taking over 400 prizes in his career. Roberts raided ships off the Americas and the West African coast between 1719 and 1722; he is also noted for creating his own Pirate Code, and adopting an early variant of the Skull and Crossbones flag. Roberts' infamy and success saw him become known as "The Great Pyrate" and eventually as "Black Bart", and made him a popular subject for writers of both fiction and non-fiction. To this day, Roberts continues to feature in novels, films and video games (such as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag) as well as inspire fictional characters (such as the Dread Pirate Roberts).

He commanded several ships successively named The Royal Fortune.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage100
Obverse
Tuvalu / Gold Ounce 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart - 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 small 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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2020 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: one troy ounce of 99.99% gold.

The portrait of the Queen has a mirror finish; the rest of the surface is frosted.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2020 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Gold Ounce 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows pirate ship The Royal Fortune under sail, flying the flag of Bartholomew Roberts - showing himself and Death holding an hourglass. In the background on the right, a human skull.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is below right. The initials of the designer, LB (for Lucas Bowers) are in small letters below left, overlaid on a sail.

Around above, the inscription THE ROYAL FORTUNE. Separated from this by two skull-and-bones motifs, around below BLACK FLAG: BLACK BART 1oz .9999 Au (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).

Reverse Inscription THE ROYAL FORTUNE BLACK FLAG: BLACK BART 1oz .9999 Au
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Gold Content (Troy oz): 1.000
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, frosted surfaces.
Packaging: in capsule and wooden trunk-style presentation box.

See also

Pirate-themed Tuvalu coins issued in the Black Flag series:
- 1 oz Gold, Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard, 2019
- 5 oz Silver, Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, The Royal Fortune - Black Bart, 2020
- 5 oz Silver, The Royal Fortune - Black Bart, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, The Royal Fortune - Black Bart, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih, 2021
- 5 oz Silver, The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, The Rising Sun - William Moody, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, The Rising Sun - William Moody, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, The Rising Sun - William Moody, 2022

All (15) coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Ounce 2019 Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2019 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2020 James Bond - 007 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 GOLD 2020 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2020 The Simpsons - Homer Simpson 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 GOLD 2020 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2020 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2021 Laughing Buddha 288 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 GOLD 2021 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2021 Gods of Olympus - Zeus 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2021 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2021 Gods of Olympus - Poseidon 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2021 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2021 Gods of Olympus - Hades 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2021 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2021 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 James Bond 60th Anniversary, Rectangle 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TUVALU 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS 2022
Gold Ounce 2022 Street Fighter - Ryu 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 GOLD 2022 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Street Fighter - Chun Li 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 GOLD 2022 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Hera 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2022 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2022 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 The Black Flag Fleet - The Rising Sun 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 GOLD 2022 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
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Gold Ounce 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerLucas Bowers
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness3.500 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-PPPQ-ENXQ
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