The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Various mints around the world have marked the occasion with the issuance of commemorative coins.
As opposed to the United States Mint, world mints generally have much greater latitude in deciding which people, places, animals, or events will be commemorated on their coins. Therefore when there is an anniversary for an event of world-wide significance, there tend to be many issues from world mints carrying the same theme.
This post will provide an overview of various 2012 Titanic Commemorative Coins from around the world. This includes coins coverage at Coin Update, as well as others mentioned by readers. If I have left any others out, please let me know in comments.
Royal Canadian Mint
Designed by maritime artist Yves Bérubé, the reverse design of the coin features a view of the bow and port side of the Titanic along with the imposing image of a large iceberg. A design also incorporates a map of the Canadian Atlantic coast and the nautical coordinates of where the ship sank. The coins are limited to a mintage of 20,000 pieces.
The Royal Canadian Mint has also produced a silver plated copper 50 cent coin, limited to 15,000, and a 25 cent coin with no stated limit. The 50 cent coin has a diameter of 42 mm (which is wider than the 34 mm diameter of the $10 silver coin). The 25 cent coin includes an illustrated folder with facts and a time line.
Perth Mint – Tuvalu
The design for the Perth Mint’s coin features an image of the Titanic as it was seen on an original White Star Line’s poster. The coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the government of Tuvalu.
Each coin is struck in one troy ounce of .999 silver. The mintage limit is 5,000.
Pobjoy Mint – Isle of Man
These coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint for the Isle of Man government. The design above features passengers boarding the ship at the docks.
A second coin depicts the Titanic at sea with an iceberg in the foreground. Each coin is issued in cupro-nickel or sterling silver. The silver versions are struck in proof quality with mintages of 10,000 each.
Royal British Mint – Alderney
This coin is produced by the Royal Mint and issued under the authority of the Channel Island of Alderney. The design features a profile of the Titanic with a rendition of Thane (from the Titanic Memorial in Belfast, Northern Ireland) looking down on the ship. The coin is available in sterling silver proof with a limit of 7,500, or curpo-nickel version in FDC quality.
New Zealand Mint – Niue
Struck by the New Zealand Mint for the island country of Niue, the coins feature a colored image of the Titanic on the open ocean. Apparently, APMEX had exclusive access to the entire mintage of 2,229 coins minted, one for each passenger on the Titanic.
This coin from the Cook Islands “Windows of History” series is struck in sterling silver with a weight of 50 grams and wide diameter of 50 mm. It features a depiction of the Titanic and looming iceberg with a piece of stained glass included in the coin. This was inspired by the stained glass window dome over the Grand Staircase of the Titanic. The mintage is limited to 1,912 coins.
This coin from the Republic of Fiji Islands contains 5 troy ounces of .999 silver with an inner core of Mother of Pearl, which contains the image of the Titanic. The mintage was limited to 750 coins.
Vote for your Favorite 2012 Titanic Commemorative Coin
In the poll below you can vote for your favorite 2012 Titanic Coin. In order to keep things on an even playing field, I have only included basic silver coins (i.e. no embedded elements) with a depiction of the Titanic on the ocean. The poll will remain open for one week.