In 2003 the Royal Mint issued a series of Silver Proof Five pounds
coins on behalf of Jersey, to celebrate the ‘History of the Royal Navy’.
This lovely coin features ‘Sir Francis Drake’ the famous naval adventurer of the age.
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.
In July 1588, Sire Francis was playing a game of bowls, on Plymouth Hoe,
when he was informed that the Spanish Armada was sighted of the English Coast.
Legend has it, Sir Francis finished his game of bowls first, before setting sail on ‘HMS Revenge’
to confront the Spanish Armada.
This coin comes complete with information card.
Metal: .925% Silver
Weight: 28.28 grams
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Denomination: Five Pound