The Isle of Man Government & Treasury have launched (28th February) two crown coins to mark the centennial anniversary of the maiden voyage and consequential sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The luxury liner set sail from Southampton, England on the 10th April 1912 bound for New York, USA carrying 2,223 passengers and collided with a massive iceberg on the 14th April about 375 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. The sinking of the Titanic resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Designed by experienced engineers, utilizing the most advanced technologies and safety features of the time, the sinking of a passenger liner on her maiden voyage and the high number of people lost and the resulting changes of laws, not to mention the discovery of the wreck, have all contributed to the enduring interest in the legacy that is the Titanic.
The two coins, struck by the Pobjoy Mint, UK depict the Titanic in intricate and impressive detail along with the anniversary years, “1912 – 2012”. One coin shows passengers boarding this ill-fated vessel at the docks and the other coin shows the Titanic sailing with the iceberg in the foreground. With its seafaring background and the fact that Charles Joughin, a Manxman, was a baker on the Titanic, this is a poignant topic for a coin issue from the Isle of Man.
Each coin features a unique Double Effigy showing a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse as she appears on current coins, along with a portrait of The Queen based on how she appeared on the first coins of her reign. These special conjoined portraits of the Queen were produced to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year. The coins are issued in Cupro Nickel and Sterling Silver Crown size with a diameter of 38.6 mm. and a weight of 28 grams. A 12 gram-weight Fine Silver coin with a diameter of 38.6 mm is also available. Both silver issues are struck in proof quality and with mintages of 10,000 each.
For more information on these and other coins produced for the Isle of Man Government, please visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint at: http://www.pobjoy.com/ukworld/section.php/815/0