Fought near the Spanish port of Cadiz on 21 October 1805, the Battle of Trafalgar ended Napoleon Bonaparte’s plan to invade Britain. But it cost the life of Horatio Lord Nelson, the Royal Navy’s most famous successful admiral.
With his 27 ships aligned into two columns, Nelson signalled ‘England expects that every man will do his duty’. He then closed-in on the 33-strong Franco-Spanish fleet at right angles, a risky head-on manoeuvre that exposed his ships’ undefended bows to enemy broadsides.
Hit numerous times, Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory successfully breached the combined fleet’s centre. Running close to the stern of the Bucentaure, she unleashed a crippling volley that ripped into the stern of the opposition’s flagship before grappling with Redoutable.
At the height of the fighting, Nelson was picked off by a French marksman. With the enemy in chaos, however, his tactics had already proved effective. As he lay dying below deck, the second British column under Admiral Collingwood completed the rout, asserting the Royal Navy’s control of the world’s oceans.
The coin’s reverse portrays HMS Victory, one of the most famous warships ever built. The design, which includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, also features a coloured section depicting a 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.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of these coins.
|Silver Content (Troy oz)||1|
|Monetary Denomination (CID)||1|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.9|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||31.135|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||40.60|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||4.00|