Historic Chris Costello Designs Struck in Gold and Silver
The shared reverse for both the gold and silver coins from The Royal Mint features the Mayflower at full sail as it soars across the waves towards the New World. To both the left and right of the ship is a single mayflower, while the North Star shines above. Along the top are dual dates of 1620 and 2020. The obverse of both Royal Mint coins features the traditional effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The silver coin is £2 U.K. legal tender and contains one ounce of 99.9% fine silver. The gold coin is £25 U.K. legal tender and contains a quarter-ounce of 99.99% pure gold.
Each of the U.S. Mint pieces features different, all-new designs. The one-ounce, 99.99% fine silver Proof medal displays a native Wampanoag couple as they work to plant and tend to their crops beneath the words “Sustainers of Life.” Below are the words “People of the Dawn,” a translation of the name Wampanoag. On the reverse of the silver Proof medal is a Pilgrim couple with their child, standing on the wind-swept shore of Cape Cod with the Mayflower anchored in the bay. Dual dates of 1620 and 2020 are displayed, as is the same pair of mayflowers to the left and right of the design. Above are the words “A Civil Body Politick,” famous words from the document named below the design—the Mayflower Compact. The Compact was a set of rules set by the Pilgrims for self-governance in the New World (while still claiming fealty to King James).
The quarter-ounce, 99.99% pure gold U.S. coin is $10 official legal tender and displays the same Wampanoag and Pilgrim couples. In these designs, the native couple are shown with their child looking out over Cape Cod at the anchored Mayflower beneath the word “Patuxet,” the name of a band of Wampanoag that lived in and around modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts. The obverse displays a dual portrait of the Pilgrim couple beneath the words “In God We Trust,” the word “Plymouth” between dual dates of 1620 and 2020, and the weight, fineness and issuing nation below.
All four pieces come struck in Proof condition, with frosty devices and mirrored fields.