In 2003 the Royal Mint issued a series of Silver Proof Five pounds
coins on behalf of Guernsey, to celebrate the ‘History of the Royal Navy’.
This lovely coin features ‘The Golden Hind’, built in Plymouth in 1756
and entered service and was originally named ‘The Pelican’.
Sir Francis Drake set sail on his epic voyage in 1577 aboard his flagship ‘The Pelican’ .
Sailing across the Atlantic, in difficult weather conditions, battling with the ‘locals’ they encountered.
He continued his voyage into the pacific ocean, via the dreaded straits of Magellan.
Once there Sir Francis Drake, battled terrible storms
and he ventured into Spanish waters, raiding settlements and amassing a fortune in treasure.
Sir Francis Drake renamed the ship ‘The Golden Hind’ in 1578,
the name was taken from the coat of arms of Sir Christopher Hatton,
who was one of the principal backers of the voyage.
In 1580, Drake returned to English waters triumphant,
he was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.
This coin comes complete with information card.
Metal: .925% Silver
Weight: 28.28 grams
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Denomination: Five Pound