2010 Famous Naval Battles - Battle of Hampton Roads 1862 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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The first-ever clash between two ironclad warships took place during the American Civil War on Hampton Roads, a body of water on the US east coast. On the Confederate side was Virginia, a wooden frigate previously known as USS Merrimack, which had been sunk and then rebuilt as an ironclad ram. During the second day of the battle, she encountered the Union Monitor. A completely new design of ironclad, her extremely low profile meant that she had no more than 18 inches of armoured deck visible above the water line. After fighting for several hours, mostly at close range, neither ship had landed a decisive blow, their armour-plating proving effective. Nevertheless, the battle marked the dawn of a new era in maritime warfare. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. The coins reverse portrays a representation of USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy. Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity

Features

General Product Features

Year:
2010
Country:
Cook Islands
Brand/Series:
Famous Naval Battles

Coin Features

Issuer:
The Perth Mint
Finish:
Proof
Mintage:
5000
Metal:
Silver
Metal Weight:
1oz

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