One of the Mint of Gdańsk’s many ongoing antiqued coin series, ‘Sea Battles’ sees its second release, following the pivotal ancient Battle of Salamis with the equally pivotal Battle of Midway, arguably one of the most important battles in the Pacific theatre in World War 2. A sea battle fought over the horizon, almost entirely with aircraft, it ultimately turned the tide against the Imperial Japanese Navy, when it broke the back of their carrier forces, which they were unable to replace easily.
To say this two-ounce, high-relief silver coin is packed to the rim with action, would be a decided understatement. Aircraft in the foreground, aircraft in the background, aircraft carriers on the sea, and explosions everywhere, you can’t accuse the designer of skimping out on the detail. There really is no confusion on just what this coin is about.
Pride of place goes to a US dive-bomber, fairly reminiscent of a Douglas Dauntless, just after it had dropped its load. The gimmick here is the engine cowling and the propeller, both of which are additions to the base strike, and the latter of which is rotatable. For us, it’s the only downside to the coin, a little too gimmicky on a design that doesn’t really need it. It’s certainly different, and we like that, of course, but it will divide opinions. There’s enough overall to make this a fine release, if, like me, military history is your thing.
Like the Salamis coin, the obverse continues the theme, with another of those excellent maps showing the order of battle, and in amongst the smoke, a cypher machine used by code-breakers to get advanced knowledge of Japanese plans. The coin will come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity and has a mintage of 500 pieces. Available to order now either directly from the mint, or through their various stockists around the world. Check out our where to buy page for some of them.