The Santa Maria or Santa Maria de La Immaculada Concepcion, was the largest of three ships used by Columbus on his first voyage (1492 - 1493). Columbus, under the patronage of Queen Isabella of Spain, was searching for a quicker trade route to the East Indies. Instead, he discovered the islands just off the coast of America, now known as the Bahamas. It was not until his third exploration that he landed on the mainland.
Although Columbus was not the first explorer to reach the Americas from Europe; the voyages of Columbus marked a milestone. Columbus opened up the New World to further exploration and colonisation.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Coloured Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse depicts a representation of the Santa Maria in full sail, set against a coloured globe map and the inscription SANTA MARIA. The reverse also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Issued as Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of these coins.
Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Each coin is housed in a presentation display case and superbly illustrated shipper. Series subscriptions with the bonus five-coin presentation case will include unpackaged coins in capsules with certificates.
This first fabulous release in the series celebrates the Santa Maria and the voyage of explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas. Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.
Forthcoming Releases: Golden Hind, Mayflower, USS Constitution, Cutty Sark