Recently showcased with a star appearance on a fantastic TV mini-series, the last fateful voyage of the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus was been brought back into popular discussion ever since the discovery of the wreck off the coast of Canada, and the publication of a fictional novel based around it. However, HMS Terror had already experienced a long career in the Royal Navy by the time she was lost, as both a warship (she was a ‘bomb ship’, built for naval bombardment of shore targets, like the War of 1812), and through several earlier voyages of exploration.
While lost on a vain attempt to force the North-West passage, she’d already sailed into the ice-cold seas at the other end of the Earth – Antarctica. Terror spent three seasons, from 1840-1843, along with HMS Erebus, traversing the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. A dormant volcano on Ross Island was named Mount Terror in her honour, with its companion peak named Mount Erebus for her sister ship. Under the command of James Clark Ross (beginning to see a naming pattern here…), the expedition was considered a success.
This is another of the popular heptagonal fifty-pence coins that both Pobjoy Mint and the Royal Mint have raised to great popularity. This 2021-dated Pobjoy coin is a sister release to the 2020 HMS Erebus coin released back in March, that one marking 220 years since the birth of Ross. Like that one, HMS Terror has a tiny mintage for a silver coin like this, just 175 pieces. A base-metal version is also available at a fraction of the price, and even that is capped at just 2,750 pieces.
Presented in one of those superb solid block display frames, this 8-gram sterling silver coin looks a top buy for those interested, like myuself, in the subject matter. Like many Pobjoy coins, the finished article is invariably much nicer than their less than optimal press images suggest and this one looks like it could be Terroriffic. Sorry. Available to order now, but will sell out fast.