2020 Gold and Silver Triangular Investment Coins
The Australian Shipwreck Series – Vergulde Draeck
LPM is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the second release of the Royal Australian Mint's Australian Shipwreck series. The 2020 Vergulde Draeck follows on from the popular first release featuring the Batavia and is available in both a 1oz .9999 gold and .999 silver format.
History & Significance
These coins are the second of the Australian Shipwreck Series, following the Batavia release of 2019. On the morning of 28 April 1656, a VOC ship called the Vergulde Draeck, travelling towards Batavia (now Jakarta) with a load of trade goods, coins, cargo, passengers and crew, struck an uncharted reef off the coast of Western Australia. The reef gutted the ship and only 75 of the crew survived, along with a small quantity of provisions and a single boat.
The understeersman, Abraham Leeman, took the boat and six crew on an astonishing and grueling journey to Batavia and reported the wreck. Several attempts were made to rescue the survivors, but they were never located. The wreck of the Vergulde Draeck was discovered in 1963 and was excavated in 1972. Some 19,000 coins were recovered, mainly Spanish reals and some Japanese silver coins. The mystery of what became of the survivors of the Vergulde Draeck has never been answered. This was one of the most enigmatic episodes of Australia’s maritime history.
The obverse design features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and depicts scenes from the dramatic story of the Vergulde Draeck.
The reverse design depicts the ship surrounded by decorative maritime ornaments.
Flipping the coin to view the text of ‘1656’ and ‘Vergulde Draeck’ upright depicts the ship in its final state capsized shortly after wrecking in 1656. The border encompassing the main design also incorporates unique design elements from the Vergulde Draeck.
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