A bullion coin series that collectors seem to eagerly await is now seeing its 2021 issue added to it. The ‘Black Flag’ range, struck by the Perth mint and distributed by APMEX, looks at every young lads dream job, being a famous pirate. With Blackbeard and Black Bart featuring on the first two coins, they looked for something different this time.
Third time out and the series has headed across the world to a lesser known pirate, but one that is probably more impressive than all the others – Ching Shih. At one time controlling a fleet of 1,800 ships, and even giving the Imperial Navy a bashing, it’s fair to say this was a setup a little more expansive than the Caribbean pirate fleet could even imagine.
A great looking coin, showing us Ching Shih in pirate garb, with a pair of Chinese Junks in the background. There’s more going on here than the previous pair (images at bottom), but it nevertheless fits in well. The obverse of the coin is just a simple effigy of Queen Elizabeth II – the older Ian Rank Broadley work.
As usual, a one-ounce gold coin with a 100 mintage tops the range and there are a pair of silver coins backing it up. A one-ounce coin (15,000 pieces) and a five-ounce (500 pieces) will be the popular choices. Available to order now, you can get it from APMEX, of course, or from others like LPM.