The treasury of the British Virgin Islands has released (17th January) the third of six coins in their current collector’s series entitled “Tall Ships,” featuring many of the ships that during their sea-faring life were connected to the British Virgin Islands. The latest coin features the HMS Astrea, a 32-gun frigate in the service of the British Royal Navy. Originally named The Pelican, the full-rigged ship was launched in 1781, over 240 years ago, and is famously known for its participation in both the American War of Independence and Napoleonic Wars.
The $1 coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint at their facilities in Surrey, England, on behalf of the treasury of the British Virgin Islands. Struck in virenium, this is the Pobjoy Mint’s patented base metal alloy of light golden colour in appearance comprised of 81% copper, 10% zinc, and 9% nickel. The revere side of the coin features an artist’s depiction of the HMS Astrea in side profile of the ship sailing. The text HMS ASTREA is placed just under the primary design with the denomination $1 seen in the upper-right half. The obverse of the coin features an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by the Pobjoy Mint and is an exclusive design. The authorised year of issue 2022 is part of the legend surrounding the Queen’s likeness.
|8 g||28.4 mm||Brilliant Unc.||
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Pobjoy Mint-branded micro-fibre protective pouch, a special Collector’s Album to house all coins in this series is available as a separate item. For additional information about this coin and the first coin in the series, please visit the Pobjoy Mint’s website.