British Virgin Islands Ship Collection Options Columbus Santa Maria Coin

Second Coin in British Virgin Islands Ship Series Features Columbus' Santa Maria

  • Second coin in new 2022-dated six-coin collection that includes widespread ships
  • Obtainable as a formed $1 coin produced in Virenium
  • Very low concern restrict of 1,950
  • Collector’s album to retailer the set additionally accessible

After the unimaginable response to our 2020 and 2021 Tall Ships collection, The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the discharge of a model new six-coin collection that includes ships related to the British Virgin Islands. The second coin on this collection options Columbus’ well-known ship Santa Maria.

Santa Maria, initially nicknamed La Gallega, was the biggest of three ships utilized by Christopher Columbus in 1492 throughout his first voyage throughout the Atlantic Ocean, with the opposite two ships being La Niña and Pinta.

The origin of this ship is usually disputed however it’s believed to have been inbuilt Spain within the yr 1441 earlier than later being rebuilt to be used by Christopher Columbus. Santa Maria is assumed to have been a medium-sized carrack, of round 58ft (17.7m) in size on her single deck. Requisitioned by order of Queen Isabella of Spain, her grasp and proprietor was Juan de la Cosa, whom Columbus knew beforehand.

For 35 days in 1492, Columbus and his crew of 86 Spanish sailors sailed westward looking for a passage to China and India. Columbus hadn’t discovered a western path to India, after all, however his success in crossing the Atlantic was due largely to the ships he selected for the perilous voyage.

Columbus’ ships had been an improved sort of caravel generally known as the caravela redonda, a three-masted ship the place the primary two masts had been rigged with standard sq. sails for open-ocean velocity and a 3rd was rigged with a lateen sail for coastal maneuverability. That rigging mixture made his ships a number of the greatest crusing vessels of their time.

Particulars relating to the tip of Santa Maria had been written In Columbus’ journal, in addition to his son Ferdinand’s Lifetime of Columbus, but the 2 typically differ. In Columbus’ journal, on Christmas Day in 1492, the ship ran aground of the northern coast of Haiti, with data of the placement of the wreck being famous in his journal. Many researchers have tried to determine how these descriptions and present maps align with the shoreline, in a bid to pin down the precise location of the place the ship ended its voyage. Nonetheless, even right now, the precise location stays a thriller.

The design of the coin options Santa Maria with open sails over a physique of water and is accessible in Virenium, a metallic developed by The Pobjoy Mint that’s gentle gold in shade. This gorgeous coin might be offered in a Pobjoy Mint presentation pouch, with a particular collector’s album to deal with all cash on this collection. The obverse of the coin options an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced solely by Pobjoy Mint.


The Virenium $1 is offered in a capsule with a particular album accessible individually to deal with all six cash.

Coin Specs

Metallic: Virenium
Diameter: 28.40 mm
Weight: 8.00 g
Concern Restrict: 1,950

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