Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

October 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, British Coins, Coins, Commemorative, News, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, UK Coins, World Coins

Coins commemorating 1941 sinking of SS Gairsoppa are part of 100-tonne haul recovered from North Atlantic

By: Maev Kennedy

Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the North Atlantic during the second world war.

The coins, intended for collectors, are made from part of a haul of almost 100 tonnes of silver recovered from a wreck lying three miles down, deeper than the Titanic. The silver is valued at up to £150m, the largest quantity of precious metal ever recovered from such a depth.

The coins show the doomed ship SS Gairsoppa, which sank on 17 February 1941 off the Irish coast after it was hit by a single German torpedo fired by U-boat U-101 weighed down by 7,000 tonnes of cargo including thousands of tons of pig iron.

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