To celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower – the first double sovereign with selective frosting!
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower from England to the New World – one of the most important moments in the history of Europe and the Americas.
In September 1620, 102 passengers and around 30 crew set sail on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World. Later known as the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’, these voyagers formed the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England, on the east coast of America.
It took 66 days for the Mayflower to cross the Atlantic. Winter storms battered the ship and those aboard suffered prolonged seasickness in cramped conditions. Rough seas prevented the ship from reaching its intended destination in Virginia and it finally landed at what would become known as Plymouth, on the western side of Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts. More than half the settlers died during the harsh winter of 1620, but the following year, the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the New World gave rise to the modern American celebration of Thanksgiving.
The settlement founded by those original Pilgrims has led today to the growth and development of the United States of America and around 30 million people can trace their ancestry back to the passengers and crew of the Mayflower. The voyage of the Mayflower, a relatively minor event in its day, has turned into one of the pivotal moments in modern history.
Today, as part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of this momentous event, some exceptional gold coins have been minted: featuring designs that retell the main events of the Pilgrims’ progress, beautifully highlighted with selective frosting – the first time this has ever been applied to a sovereign coin!
New gold five pound sovereign celebrates the voyage of the Mayflower
The double sovereign depicts the moment that the Pilgrims feared their lives were in peril on the seas. They were men, women and children from different walks of life, from England and the city of Leiden in Holland, many of whom were Puritan ‘separatists’ seeking religious freedom outside the Church of England.
The design on this commemorative double sovereign has been rendered with great precision, bringing to life the Mayflower’s perilous journey to the New World. Authorised by Tristan Da Cunha, and approved by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Buckingham Palace, it is a wonderful celebration.
Benefit from the SELL OUT GUARANTEE
The 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Gold Double Pound Sovereign is limited to just 149 coins, but this is subject to our new SELL OUT GUARANTEE. What this means is that availability of this coin will end on 31st March 2021. At that time, any coins that are unsold will be melted down and verified to that effect.
At that point, we will issue to owners of this coin a new certificate stating the final mintage which may be lower, or possibly considerably lower, than 149. If the mintage remains at 149 then this means the coins sold out entirely to keen customers, and if not you may have secured for yourself a low mintage rarity.
Either way, there will be little or no surplus of this coin on the secondary market and so the coin you own will be a rarity!
Why not have a look at the entire 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Sovereign range available here