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

Silver 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 silver 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 Mintage15,000
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver 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 Ag 2021 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: one troy ounce of 99.99% silver (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum. the Latin word for silver).

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

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver 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 Ag.

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 Ag
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver Content (Troy oz): 1.000
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, frosted surfaces.
Packaging: individual loose coin, or 20 in sealed mint roll, or box of 100.

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 silver coin featuring Ching Shih, issued for the Solomon Islands by the Royal Australian Mint.

Showing 16 from a total of 116 coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger Rotating Charm 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 1 DOLLAR TUVALU 2022 ·
Silver Ounce (x4) 2022 Year of the Tiger Quadrant 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 2022 ELIZABETH II 1 oz Ag 9999 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 James Bond - 007 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 James Bond 60th Anniversary 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 James Bond 60th Anniversary, Rectangle 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II TUVALU 1oz 9999 Ag 1 DOLLAR 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 John Wayne 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Red-Bellied Black Snake 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Street Fighter - Ryu 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Street Fighter - Chun Li 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 The Simpsons - Homer Simpson 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 The Simpsons - Bart Simpson 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Minted Mini - Bart Simpson 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II TUVALU 1 oz 999 Ag 1 DOLLAR 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Hera 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2022 The Black Flag Fleet - The Rising Sun 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
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Silver Ounce 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerLucas Bowers
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.900 mm
Thickness3.500 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-PGJN-OMNY
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