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Benin 2013 Famous Sailing Ships #2 - Santa Maria and Christopher Columbus 1000 Francs Pure Silver Oval Antique Proof with and Color Glass Insert - MINTAGE 999

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Santa Maria crosses the Atlantic Ocean, carrying Christopher Columbus on his voyage of exploration to discover the New World! Get these dramatic tall ships under full sail, struck in pure silver - each with a stunning, full color glass insert!

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Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the best in investment grade silver - the Famous Sailing Ships Series! Each pure silver proof features an antique finish depicting a detailed vignette of one of the world's most storied tall ships under full sail on the high seas! Each coin combines a list of features desired by all collectors - all the bells and whistles!
    • Unusual, elegant oval shape with an antique proof finish!
    • Distinctive, full color glass insert provides a second glimpse at each tall ship!
    • Struck in pure silver!
    • Very large size - over 2 inches tall by over one inch wide!
    • Tiny mintage limit of only 999, making each coin truly rare!
    • Graceful, artistic depiction of each tall ship, its sails  and pennants billowing in the breeze!

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The ships of Christopher Columbus' fleet on his first voyage of exploration across the Atlantic to discover the New World in 1492, the Nina, the PInta, and the Santa Maria.Investment Note - The total mintage is only 999, making each ship in this series truly rare! Tall ships are among the most sought-after themes in modern numismatics. This coin will be sought after for for decades to come! Act now to get in on the ground floor - do not delay!

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Columbus' Fleet
The Santa Maria de la Inmaculada Concepción (Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception) was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage. Her master and owner was Juan de la Cosa.

Santa Maria, the flagship of Columbus' fleet, was a carrack, a type of merchant ship of between 400 and 600 tons, perhaps 70 to 75 feet long, with a beam of about 25 feet, allowing it to carry more people and cargo. It had a deep draft of 6 feet (1.8 m). The vessel had three masts: a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast. Five sails altogether were attached to these masts. Each mast carried one large sail. The foresail and mainsail were square; the sail on the mizzen was a triangular sail known as a lateen mizzen. The ship had a smaller topsail on the mainmast above the mainsail and on the foremast above the foresail. In addition, the ship carried a small square sail, a spritsail, on the bowsprit.

The ships of Christopher Columbus' fleet on his first voyage of exploration across the Atlantic to discover the New World in 1492, the Nina, the PInta, and the Santa Maria. The other ships of the Columbus expedition were the smaller, caravel-type ships Santa Clara, remembered as the Niña ("The Girl") and Pinta ("The Painted"). All these ships were second-hand (if not third-hand or more) and were never meant for exploration, much less crossing the Atlantic Ocean!

Santa Maria was the slowest of Columbus's vessels but performed well during the Atlantic crossing. She ran aground off the present-day site of Cap Haitien, Haiti on December 25, 1492, and was lost. Realizing that his ship was beyond repair, Columbus ordered his men to strip the timbers from the ship. The timbers from the ship were later used to build Môle Saint-Nicolas, which was originally called La Navidad (Christmas) because the wreck occurred on Christmas Day.

The ships of Christopher Columbus' fleet on his first voyage of exploration across the Atlantic to discover the New World in 1492, the Nina, the PInta, and the Santa Maria. Although Columbus was not the first explorer to reach the Americas from Europe (being preceded by the Vikings led by Leif Ericson), his voyages molded the future of European colonization and encouraged European exploration of foreign lands for centuries to come. They led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. With his four voyages of exploration and several attempts at establishing a settlement on the island of Hispaniola, all funded by Queen Isabella of Castile, he initiated the process of Spanish colonization which foreshadowed general European colonization of the New World.

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Investment Note
This pure silver coin has a total mintage of only 999, creating a truly rare, investment grade silver coin for the discriminating collector. The full color glass insert adds a distinctive and elegant touch.

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Benin 2013 Sailing Ships #2 Santa Maria Silver Proof in BoxA detailed and finely engraved depiction of Santa Maria as she crosses the Atlantic Ocean. The full color glass insert depicts Santa Maria under full sail. The legend SANTA MARIA defines the theme.

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The coat of arms or national seal of Benin. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a black leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and white satin, and protected by an illustrated outer sleeve. An original certificate of authenticity is included.

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Country Benin
Year of Issue 2013
Face Value 1000 Francs
Weight 20.00 g
Dimensions 54.00 mm x 32 mm
Mintage Limit     999
Finish Antique Proof with Color Glass Insert
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
Certificate Included

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