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 portrays a trireme, a fast and agile warship used by ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean between the 7th and 4th centuries BC. The design, which includes the inscription BATTLE OF SALAMIS 480BC and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, also features a coloured section depicting a battle scene.
Issued as Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands, the coin bears the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010 year-date on its obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of these coins.
Each coin is housed in a presentation display case and superbly illustrated shipper.
Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Trafalgar, Hampton Road, Jutland and Midway
This exciting new program marking historic naval encounters begins with a superb release depicting the first great naval battle recorded in history.
Battle of Salamis 480BC
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. The much larger Persian fleet suffered greatly, however, losing hundreds of ships during the battle. In the aftermath of Salamis, further decisive Greek victories at Plataea and Mycale effectively ended the invasion plans of Persia’s King Xerxes.