Just like the movie industry, it seems what’s in vogue comes in waves, and one of the current subjects that seem to crop up in the bullion coin market has been the world of pirates and old sailing vessels. The Nautical Ounce has been a popular issue for the last few years, recently seeing its 2021 release, ‘Australian Shipwrecks’ has recently ended, the blockbuster movie series ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ has seen a release, and the APMEX released, Perth Mint series ‘Black Flag’ is firmly based in the pirate world.
The first in that list, ‘Australian Shipwrecks’ was issued by the Royal Australian Mint, and it seems to have been successful enough to warrant immediately heading back into the nautical realm with ‘Pirate Queens’. If this debut coin is a good indicator, it will be one to watch. The series title is pretty clear as to the subject, but it’s a limited field to choose from. The Chinese pirate queen Ching Shih’ is well known and has already featured in the Black Flag series, there’s the Irishwoman Grace O’Malley, and the American Rachel Wall, but the two big names are Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the former the choice to launch the series.
A very nice coin indeed, the depiction of the ship is first class and the way the sea caresses the classic skull & crossbones at the bottom is quite excellent. As a pirate coin, we love it, but it isn’t really an Anne Bonny coin as she is completely absent as an individual and there’s nothing to suggest the ship is hers. A small point, but worth mentioning. The silver coin has the ship sailing forward, while the rare gold coin has it sailing away from us. Despite that, they remain very close in overall layout and appearance.
Two formats make up the range, both an ounce in weight. The 0.999 silver coin has a mintage of just 10,000 pieces, while the 0.9999 gold coin, which comes boxed with a C.O.A., tops out at a miniscule 100 units. It’s issued for the Solomon Islands, rare for the RAM, but the effigy of QEII is still in residence. All told, an attractive debut. It’s exclusively distributed by German dealer EMK and is available to order now.