The Perth Mint of Australia has released the Golden Hind 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin as the second issue of the Ships That Changed the World Series. This coin is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features a maximum mintage of only 5,000 pieces.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design depicting the majestic ship known as the Golden Hind. The ship was named the Golden Hind by Sir Francis Drake in preparation for his voyage around the Strait of Magellan. It was done in reference to one of Drake's primary sponsors of the voyage, Christopher Hatton, whose crest included the image of a hind (female deer).
Before leaving on his voyage, Drake was summoned to the Queen of England. In a not so direct fashion, she gave him permission to plunder the resources of the Spanish Empire on his voyage. He followed her orders and returned with a ship full of looted Spanish treasure. The Queen was so pleased with the results that she boarded the Golden Hind on Drake's return and immediately knighted him.
This strike appears as the second release of the Ships that Changed the World Series and follows a coin depicting the Santa Maria - the largest of three ships used by Christoper Columbus on his 1492-1492 voyage to the new world. It will be followed later by strikes honoring the Mayflower, the Constitution and the Cutty Sark.
Each coin in the series is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and is considered legal tender of the country of Tuvalu. As such, Raphael Maklouf's effigy of Queen Elizabeth II of England is shown on the obverse. The reverse contains a colorized image including the honored ship.
The Perth Mint has indicated that a maximum mintage of only 5,000 of the Golden Hind 1 Oz Silver Proof Coins will be struck. Each will ship in a presentation case with an illustrated shipper and include a numbered certificate of authenticity.