Royal Mint strikes special shipwreck silver coin
Duncan Richardson, News Editor
7 Apr 2014, 10:20 a.m.
The Royal Mint is to issue 20,000 one quarter ounce silver coins from April 21st. The coins will be minted from silver which was recovered from the sunken merchant ship SS Gairsoppa, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat on the 17th of February 1941.
The silver was recovered in 2011 by Florida based exploration team, Odyssey. In total, 2,792 silver ingots were recovered worth £150 million.
Shane Bissett, from the Royal Mint said, “This incredible story marks yet another moment in the Royal Mint’s fascinating, 1,000-year history. We are so pleased to be able to bring these coins to market at long last, albeit more than 70 years later than expected.”