The flames of war were already raging in 1915, but the torpedo attack
on the RMS Lusitania was a major incident among several that
would lead America to join the war two years later.
The death of 128 Americans, among 1,198 total passengers and crew on
a passenger ship sunk by German U-boat, was a major propaganda moment.
Though the British-bound ocean liner was carrying munitions, the
attack violated conventions of war.
The New Zealand Mint marks the centennial of the fateful May 7,
1915, attack with a Proof 2015 .999 fine silver $2 coin from Niue. The
coin was announced (and sales began) May 7 and, the piece will become
available May 26.
The reverse of the coin shows an engraved illustration of RMS
Lusitania steaming across the Atlantic, with the periscope of the
U-20 appearing in the foreground, portending the liner’s fate.
The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin weighs 1 ounce and measures 40 millimeters in diameter.
The coin is limited to a mintage of 1,915 pieces and retails for $80
in U.S. funds.
To learn more, or to order the coin, visit the New Zealand Mint website.
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