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SALAMIS Naval Battle 480 BC Silver Coin 1$ Cook Islands 2010


The Perth Mint is proud to launch the new series with five naval battle coins. Marking historic naval encounters begins with a superb release depicting the Battle of Salamis 480 BC, the first great naval battle recorded in history. Following in the footsteps of successful Famous Battles in History series, the program comprises five coins each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

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A pivotal encounter of Greco-Persian Wars in the 5th century BC, the Battle of Salamis resulted in an improbable victory for the vastly outnumbered ships of the Greek alliance. Greek commander Themistocles devised a brilliant strategy that lured the large Persian fleet into the narrow strait between the island of Salamis and the Athenian port-city of Piraeus. Here the Greek triremes attacked furiously, ramming and boarding the tightly-packed formation of Persian ships which had difficulty turning in the restricted channel.
Estimates put Greek losses as low as 40 ships out of a total of 380. However, much larger Persian fleet suffered greatly, losing hundreds of ships during the battle.

Each coin is housed in a presentation display case and superbly illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The program comprises five coins:

  • Battles of Salamis – 480 BC
  • Battles of Trafalgar – 1805
  • Battles of Hampton Roads – 1862
  • Battles of Jutland – 1916
  • Battles of Midway – 1942
  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse portrays a trireme, a fast and agile warship used by Mediterranean civilisations between the 7th and 4th centuries BC. The design, which includes the inscription BATTLE OF SALAMIS 480 BC and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, also features a coloured section depicting the ancient naval battle scene.
The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2010 year-date and the monetary denomination.