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Monday, 7 April 2014

Lost Treasure SS Gairsoppa Royal Mint Coins

An interesting discovery, especially with 70 years being identified.

For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. Jeremiah 29:10 

On 4th April 2013, , reported

'Royal Mint to cast coins from bullion recovered after 70 years on ocean floor

The Royal Mint is to cast a collection of silver coins using bullion which was lost for more than 70 years after the ship transporting it to Britain was sunk by a German U-boat;

A British ship's cargo of 2,800 bars of silver bullion has finally reached the Royal Mint to be made into coins more than 70 years after it was sunk by a German U-boat. 

The treasured shipment of silver worth £38million will be used to make a limited number of 20,000 coins, costing £30 each, available from April 21, aimed at collectors and anyone interested in maritime history.
The Royal Mint said it was the first time coins have been created from the shipment of silver bullion which was being carried on the SS Gairsoppa, which was sunk off the coast of Ireland on February 17, 1941.
The vessel was bringing supplies to Britain from India, including tea and pig iron, but got separated from a protection convoy during a heavy storm and was spotted and attacked by a German U-boat.

A portion of it was passed to the Royal Mint which began striking the coins on Friday, edged with the name SS Gairsoppa.

Shane Bissett, the Royal Mint's director of bullion and commemorative coin, said: "This incredible story marks yet another exciting moment in the Royal Mint's fascinating 1,000-year history.

"The traditional Britannia coin design, Philip Nathan's elegant portrayal of a windswept Britannia looking out to sea, is the perfect image for the coins struck from SS Gairsoppa's long-lost cargo.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring these coins to the market at long last, albeit more than 70 years later than expected." Read full story on the Telegraph links below.

The name Gairsoppa was given in honour of the stunning waterfalls in Karnataka, India. (Wikipedia)

Included is a link for the 2014 coins, commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Britannia is nowhere to be seen, however Trinity House is featured on the £ 2 coin.

Today Trinity House is 'Headquarters of a Unique Maritime Organisation' - Based in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Again the link is found below.

There has been an increase of public awareness of Britannia for a reason. In the anthem British people sing Rule, Britannia - Britons shall never never be slaves....

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Pauline Maria

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