It didn’t take long for the Royal Australian Mint to replace it’s neat inverted triangular shipwreck series with something equally nautical, as in July of this year they debuted the first ‘Pirate Queen’s’ bullion coin. That debut featured the well-known Anne Bonny, and was a good-looking coin, showing a classic Caribbean pirate ship under full sail.
That same basic design template is employed again for the second coin, which showcases a Chinese pirate legend, Ching Shih, who at her peak, personally commanded a fleet of 24 vessels, although the overall pirate fleet exceeded 400 ships. These numbers dwarf anything seen in the Western Hemisphere during the golden age of piracy there. Like the Bonny coin, it shows a typical ship under sail, although nicely embellished with a traditional Chinese mythological creature.
The silver coin has the vessel coming towards the viewer with a Phoenix swooping overhead, beautifully framing the ship. The gold, has the ship sailing away, with a dragon in the foreground partly submerged in the sea. Both are very pretty, but like the Bonny coin, there’s little to associate it with a specific individual In contrast, the APMEX coin for the same subject, that has her in a prominent position in the design.
The same two formats as before, both a troy ounce in weight. The 0.999 silver version has a mintage of 10,000 units, while the 0.9999 gold, which comes boxed with a C.O.A., is limited to just 100. As before, it’s exclusively distributed by German dealer EMK and is available to order now.