In 1519, the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail with five ships and a crew of 270 on a quest to connect a trade route between Spain and the East Indies. It was also a mission to prove, once and for all, that the Earth was round – not flat. At that time, skeptics still believed the flat Earth theory and after nearly three years, many believed that Magellan really had sailed too far and had fallen off the edge of the world. By the end of the journey in 1522, just one ship and 18 men were left – but they had successfully sailed around the entire planet.
To mark the 500th anniversary of this incredible accomplishment, Samoa has released a special dome-shaped Proof coin struck in 40 grams of 99.9% fine silver. The obverse is flat, representing the belief of the Earth’s shape at the time. The curved reverse depicts Magellan before a map of the world. Struck by Great Britain’s prestigious Commonwealth Mint, the gorgeous proof was expertly crafted by the mint from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
Just 599 of these fascinating commemoratives were struck and each comes beautifully displayed in a wood clamshell box and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. You could sail the world over and never find a more uniquely designed coin. Don’t miss the boat; reserve yours right now!
A COMMEMORATIVE OF GLOBAL PROPORTIONS – Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the Earth, this coin depicts the Portuguese explorer with a global map in the background. The coin’s obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a map of the world and one of Magellan’s ships.
UNIQUE DOME COIN – These commemorative coins feature a unique dome shape to give them the appearance of a globe-like object. The reverse is a dome to represent a spherical Earth while the obverse is flat, to reflect the view of the day that the Earth was flat.
STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – Each Silver 500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the Earth Dome Proof was struck in 40 grams of highly pure 99.9% silver and measures 40 mm in diameter.
LEGAL-TENDER COIN RELEASE – These Silver 500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the Earth Dome Proofs are $2 legal tender in Samoa.
GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – Your Silver 500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the Earth Dome Proof was crafted from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
VERY LOW LIMITED EDITION – The maximum worldwide mintage for this unique commemorative silver coin has been set at just 599.
Pay tribute to the 500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the Earth with this amazing dome-shaped silver Proof! Don’t get left flat; order yours today!