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FERDINAND MAGELLAN Journeys Of Discovery 2 oz Silver Coin 5$ Niue 2016


This 2 Oz Silver Coin marks the forth release in our new Journeys of Discovery Coin Series. This relief engraved coin shows Ferdinand Magellan in the midst of a fight with a hostile local tribe in the Philippines. Each release will be presented in a timber treasure chest with a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited mintage to only 2.000 pieces worldwide!

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Ferdinand Magellan
Magellan’s expedition had a multinational crew. Although it was a Spanish expedition, Magellan’s fleet featured a culturally diverse crew. Spaniards and Portuguese made up the vast majority of the sailors, but the voyage also included mariners from Greece, Sicily, England, France, Germany and even North Africa. Many of Magellan’s crew mutinied or deserted the expedition. Magellan’s mostly Spanish crew resented the idea of being led by a Portuguese captain, and the expedition was forced to weather two mutinies before it had even reached the Pacific. The first of these failed revolts was easily unraveled, but the second proved more elaborate. Worried that Magellan’s obsession with finding passage to the Pacific was going to doom the expedition, in April 1520 three of his five ships turned against him. Magellan and his supporters ultimately thwarted the revolt, and he even marooned two men on an island when he found they were planning a third mutiny. The rebellions continued later that year when the vessel San Antonio deserted the fleet and prematurely returned to Spain.Magellan gave the Pacific Ocean its name. After weathering horrific storms near southern South America and losing one of his ships to rough seas, Magellan finally entered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan in November 1520. Crossing into a calm and gentle ocean, he named it “Mar Pacifico,” which means “peaceful sea” in Portuguese. Magellan believed that he would quickly reach the Spice Islands, but his beleaguered fleet would sail the Pacific Ocean for 98 days before reaching any habitable land.

  • 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

Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521), is recognised as the man who led a fleet of Spanish ships on what is regarded as the “first circumnavigation of the world”. This relief engraved coin shows Ferdinand Magellan in the midst of a fight with a hostile local tribe in the Philippines. On the top of the reverse the inscription: "Ferdinand Magellan". The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All around, the inscriptions: "ELIZABETH II", "NIUE" (issuer), "FIVE DOLLARS" (face value), "2016" (year of issue).