Launching in 2017, the Nautical Ounce series of bullion coins has now reached the grand old age of five with the release of Sedov. This is actually an attractive range, with a relatively low profile, but easily the equal of much of the ship themed competition, and better than the similar Rwandan African Ounce wildlife series, in our view.
The 2021 coin shows us the Sedov, a German built ship (as Magdalene Vinnen II in 1921) that spent almost eight decades as the world’s largest traditional sailing ship. Built as a cargo ship, she spent much time as a training vessel in the Soviet Navy, as well as the Russian Navy after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This beautiful 117.5 m long Barque vessel remains an active part of the naval calendar to this day, operating from Kaliningrad.
The coin continues with all the series design elements, including the border, the compass, and the oval ‘window’ showing off period naval equipment. The image of the Sedov itself is done in a style similar to previous entrants, under full sail in open water. A nice coin, and one instantly recognisable as from the producer of the African Ounce and the Stained Glass Lunars.
There’s a one-ounce 0.999 silver and a similar gold, the latter capped at just 100 pieces. In addition, there’s a 1oz silver proof (1,000 mintage), and for only the second year, antiqued high-relief silver variants in both 1oz (1,000 pcs) and 3oz (500 pcs) forms. These have been for sale for a while, but should actually start shipping any time now, so a good chance for us to catch up, although we are doing a profile of the series to date.
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