The Pobjoy Mint has issued commemorative coins in the name of the
Isle of Man commemorating the RMS Titanic’s fateful sinking a century ago.
Two different reverse designs — one a scene showing a throng of
passengers boarding the vessel before its ill-fated journey, the other
with the ship sailing straight into the iceberg dead ahead — are
available in two different metal and finish options, making four
Sinking the unsinkable
One hundred years ago, one of the most famous ships in history
left Southampton, England, on its first commercial voyage, heading for
New York City. Named Titanic because it was the largest passenger
vessel in history, the “unsinkable” ship was the epitome of luxury and
one of the marvels of the modern world.
But in the early darkness of April 15, 1912, Titanic struck an
iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and was lost, resulting in the deaths of
an estimated 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime
disasters in history.
Many factors contributed to the enduring interest in Titanic:
The vessel was designed by experienced engineers utilizing the
most advanced technologies and safety features of the time; it was a
passenger liner, lost on its first voyage with a high number of people
killed; the tragedy resulted in lasting changes of laws governing ship
and passenger safety; and many decades after the RMS Titanic was lost,
the wreck was discovered and revealed to the world.
The obverse of each coin features a jugate portrait showing two
images of Queen Elizabeth II: the most prominent is as she appears on
current coins, and the other is a portrait of the queen based on how
she appeared on the first coins of her reign. The jugate portrait has
been produced to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of her reign.
Each design is issued in two versions: an Uncirculated
copper-nickel crown and a Proof .925 fine silver crown.
All of the Isle of Man Titanic coins measure 38.6 millimeters in
diameter and weigh 28.28 grams.
The Uncirculated copper-nickel crown has an unlimited mintage and
is offered at $15 each or $29 per pair. The silver coins are limited a
mintage of 10,000 coins per design.
The silver crowns are priced at $84 each or $165 for the pair.
For more information or to order the coins, telephone the Pobjoy
Mint at 877-476-2569 or visit its website, www.pobjoy.com. ■