To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Cutty Sark being built, Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the new release on the behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Cutty Sark is a British Clipper ship that was built on the River Clyde in 1869. She was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which was when sails started to be substituted for steam.
Cutty Stark is listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet which is the nautical equivalent of a grade 1 listed building. She is one of only three remaining original clipper ships from the 19th century in part or whole that have a composite construction of a wooden hull on an iron frame.
Cutty Sark sailed in eight “tea seasons”, from London to China and back. The ship was launched on November 22, 1869, destined for the tea trade, then sailed an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London crossing the Indian Ocean before rounding the Cape of Good Hope and returning to England. The maximum speed that Cutty Sark achieved was 17.5kn (32.4 km/h) and 1,542 tonnes in capacity.
So batten down the hatches with our new two-pound coin showing this magnificent clipper and the route she took as it traveled near to the British Indian Ocean Territory. The obverse of the coin features the Pobjoy Mint exclusive effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The silver coin is presented in a beautiful red box which includes a Certificate of Authenticity. The cupro nickel is shipped raw in tubes. Pobjoy Mint blue pouches can be purchased separately.
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