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SUBMARINES OF WORLD Set 4 Silver Coins 2$ Fiji 2010


New Zealand Mint is proud to present its oval shaped coin collection, featuring the most famous and impressive submarines of our times. Each colour coin features a famous submarine in the sea, depicted against an iconic coast from the international state it was associated with.

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Famous Submarines

Typhoon class submarine is a type of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine deployed by the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. With a maximum displacement of 26,000 tonnes, Typhoons are the largest class of submarine ever built. In its day it was one of the most feared weapons of mass destruction ever made. Although technically able to successfully deploy their long-range nuclear missiles while moored at their docks, Soviet doctrine for these vessels was to have them attack North America while submerged under the Arctic Circle, avoiding the traversal of the GIUK gap to remain safe from enemy attack submarines and anti-submarine forces. The image on the coins shows the Typhoon Submarine in North Arctic Region.

The Vanguard class are the Royal Navy’s current nuclear ballistic miss le submarines, each armed with up to 16 trident II submarine – launched ballistic missiles. The class was introduced in 1994 as part of the UK governments Trident nuclear program. This class includes four boats Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance, all built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd between 1986 and 1999.
All four submarines in this class are based at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, 40 km west of Glasgow, Scotland. The image on the coin shows HMS Vanguard leaving its base in Glasgow.

The Ohio class is named after the lead submarine of this class, USS Ohio. The 14 Trident II SSBN’s together carry around fifty percent of the total U.S. Strategic warhead inventory. Although the missiles have no pre-set targets when the submarine goes on patrol, the platform when required, is capable of rapid targeting using secure and constant at sea communications links. The Ohio class is the largest type of submarine ever constructed for the U.S. Navy and are second to the Russian Typhoon class. The image of the coin shows the USS Ohio leaving its port in Hawaii.

The Triomphant class of strategic missile submarines of the French navy are currently being introduced into service to provide the sea based component of the French ‘force de frappe’ (nuclear deterrent). On the 3rd/4th February 2009. it has been reported that the Triomphant apparently collided with the Royal Navy submarine vanguard. Triomphant was reported to have proceeded to brest under her own power, submerge, but with extensive damage. The French Navy plan to operate a force of four ships of which two are on patrol at any one time. The image on the coin shows the Le Triompant leaving the french naval base located at Ile Longue.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2010
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Size (mm)31 x 45
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)15.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)4
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The reverse of each coin features detailed colour illustrations of four of the famous submarines portrayed in the sea, on background the flag and a iconic coast of the state. A simple yet elegant half-border design encircles the image with the engraved words "SUBMARINES OF THE WORLD" along with the respective submarine's name, the weight and the metal.
The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Fiji, along with the year of issue (2010) and the denomination of $2.