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VASCO DA GAMA Journeys Of Discovery 2 oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2016


This Vasco da Gama 2 oz Silver Coin marks the third release in our new Journeys of Discovery Coin Series. Each release will be presented in a timber treasure chest with a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited mintage of 2.000 coins.

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Vasco da Gama
Explorer Vasco da Gama was born into a noble family around 1460 in Sines, Portugal. Little is known about his upbringing except that he was the third son of Estêvão da Gama, who was commander of the fortress in Sines in the southwestern pocket of Portugal. When he was old enough, young Vasco da Gama joined the navy, where was taught how to navigate. Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail directly from Europe to India.
Historians know little about why exactly da Gama, still an inexperienced explorer, was chosen to lead the expedition to India in 1497. On July 8 of that year, he captained a team of four vessels, including his flagship, the 200-ton St. Gabriel, to find a sailing route to India and the East. When da Gama returned to Lisbon, he was greeted as a hero. In an effort to secure the trade route with India and usurp Muslim traders, Portugal dispatched another team of vessels, headed by Pedro Alvares Cabral.
Little was recorded about da Gama's return home and the reception that followed, though it has been speculated that the explorer felt miffed at the recognition and compensation for his exploits. That same year, da Gama died in Cochin—the result, it has been speculated, from possibly overworking himself. His body was sailed back to Portugal, and buried there, in 1538.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2016
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)41
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

This relief engraved, antique-finished coin, shows the exciting moment of Vasco da Gama landing in Calicut, India for the first time on May 20, 1498. Detailed coin design captures the anticipation and relief of arriving at the destination after a lengthy sea fare. The scene is set with an engraved image of a temple on shore. Obverse Design: this features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.