British Virgin Islands Celebrate 450th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Francis Drake with New Coin

October 26, 2015 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander (Coin Update News)


The Treasury of the British Virgin Islands Government has launched a new coin celebrating the 475th anniversary of the birth of Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 1596). Considered one of the greatest sea captains of all time, Drake was born in Devonshire, England around 1540 and first took to the seas at the age of 12 or 13. He was to become a successful privateer, a private person or ship authorized by a government to attack foreign vessels during wartime.

Drake is also remembered as a talented navigator who was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I to be the head of… Full article at the source>

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