Gold Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih, 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 third release in the popular pirate-themed Black Flag series of premium bullion coins, and features Ching Shih and The Red Flag Fleet.

Ching Shih was born Shih Yang in 1775 in a poverty-ridden community in Guangdong Province, China. To supplement her family's income, she worked as a prostitute from an early age before marrying the pirate Zheng Yi and building a strong fleet of some 1,200 ships to sail the world's oceans. A force of 80,000 men was under her command - compared to the famous pirate Blackbeard, who commanded only a few thousand men and about 300 ships.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage100
Obverse
Tuvalu / Gold Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih - 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 2021 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 2021 TUVALU 100 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Gold Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows pirate captain Ching Shih on board her ship, with a cutlass in her hand, and two Chinese pirate ships under sail in the background.

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

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is on the right. The designer's initials LB (for Lucas Bowers) are low on the sash across Ching Shih's shoulder, above the base of the cutlass.

Reverse Inscription THE RED FLAG FLEET BLACK FLAG: CHING SHIH 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, with a numbered Certificate of authenticity.

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

There is also a different gold coin featuring Ching Shih, issued for the Solomon Islands by the Royal Australian Mint.

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 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
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 IDWMRA-OQPC-RRRL-EYPL
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