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Now get precious coins made of recovered Silver from SS Gairsoppa shipwreck

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Historians and explorers alike have pored over documents, hoping to uncover the SS Gairsoppa’s final resting place. The members of the exploration team at Odyssey were determined to find the long lost ship.t.. Using advanced sonar and robotic technology, the wreck was located and confirmed in 2011. They had indeed found the SS Gairsoppa.

CALIFORNIA (Bullion Street): Merit Gold & Silver in association with The Royal Mint has struck a 1/4 ounce, legal tender coin based on recovered silver from Gairsoppa SS ship wreck that took place in 1940.The coins named 2013 Gairsoppa Britannia were made to commemorate the historic event when the British steamship which sailed from Calcutta loaded with 7000 tons of iron, tea and silver were attacked. It was sunk by an enemy German U-boat. Only one member of the crew survived the attack.

"We are thrilled to be partnered with Odyssey Marine Exploration on this historic find”, said Peter Epstein, President of Merit Gold & Silver. “Merit has made it affordable to own silver recovered from the bottom of the ocean at a depth of nearly three miles. In conjunction with The Royal Mint, we have struck a oz, legal tender coin commemorating this event. Never before in history has a major mint struck such a coin."

Historians and explorers alike have pored over documents, hoping to uncover the SS Gairsoppa’s final resting place. The members of the exploration team at Odyssey were determined to find the long lost ship.t.. Using advanced sonar and robotic technology, the wreck was located and confirmed in 2011. They had indeed found the SS Gairsoppa.

Between 24/7 operations conducted in 2012 and 2013, the Odyssey crew recovered 2,792 silver bars, weighing over 110 tons. To commemorate this historic find, The Royal Mint has turned this recovered silver into limited edition coins.

Each quarter-ounce coin is struck of .999 pure silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa; three miles below the surface of the sea. Like the standard issue Silver Britannia, the limited edition Gairsoppa version bears the bust of Queen Elizabeth on its obverse, with Philip Nathan’s iconic “standing Britannia” on the reverse. The rim of each coin is struck with “SS GAIRSOPPA” to commemorate the ship and crew and identify the silver that has undergone this extraordinary journey to the depths, and back again.

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