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Tuvalu 2017-P Mariner's Compass $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Antiqued Proof Piedfort with Working Magnetic Compass P02

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This antique finish two troy ounce pure silver coin features a working nautical or mariner's compass, surrounded by an ancient map and intriguing vignettes including King Neptune, a sailing ship, sea monsters and a topless mermaid!

Sold out at the Mint!Here's a novel idea! The Perth Mint of Australia brings us this two troy ounce pure silver coin with an antique finish - and a working compass set in its center! How ingenious! This golden colored compass indicates the cardinal (or primary) directions - North, South, East and West - on its rim; each cardinal direction is separated from the others by 90 degrees and eight divisional segments. The four intermediate (intercardinal, or ordinal) directions are northeast (NE), southeast (SE), southwest (SW), and northwest (NW), and are indicated here on the dial itself.

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2017 Mariner's Compass $2 2 Oz Silver Antiqued Piedfort with CompassThe working magnetic compass is, quite frankly, pretty cool, but we really love the engraved vignettes that surround it. Starting at the top (north or 12:00 position), we find

    King Neptune, holding his trademark trident
    Compass Rose
    Giant Squid, known to mariners as a kraken
    Topless Mermaid, who may be primping her hair
    Galleon sailing ship, tossed by the waves on a stormy sea
    Zephyr (or Zephyrus), god of the West Wind
    Sea Monster, whale variant
    North America, eastern seaboard

all set on a section of an antique world map. The compass itself is a working instrument. However, the Perth Mint cautions that, while it forms a part of the overall coin design, it should not be relied upon for navigational purposes! So if you're going prospecting for buried treasure, leave this unique numismatic instrument at home!

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The Compass
2017 Mariner's Compass $2 2 Oz Silver Antiqued Piedfort with Compass BoxA compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic "cardinal directions", or "points". Usually, a diagram called a compass rose shows the directions north, south, east, and west on the compass face as abbreviated initials. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the "N" mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270. These numbers allow the compass to show azimuths or bearings, which are commonly stated in this notation.

The magnetic compass was first invented as a device for divination as early as the Chinese Han Dynasty (about 206 BC). It was later adopted for navigation by the Song Dynasty Chinese during the 11th century. The first usage of a compass recorded in Western Europe and Persia occurred around the early 13th century.

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2017 Mariner's Compass $2 2 Oz Silver Antiqued Piedfort with Compass in BoxObverse
A section of an antique world map set with various vignettes, with a working golden compass in the center. The legend 2 OZ 99.9 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint’s "P" mint mark also appears.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. A compass rose design decorates the back of the compass. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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The coin is enclosed inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.27 g
Diameter 45.50 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit    2,500
Finish Antique with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Aleysha Howarth (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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