- Mintage Limit - 1915
- Lusitania-Famous British Ocean Liner 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin
- Coin in capsule+with Certificate of Authenticity + Presentation Case
The 1 oz RMS Lusitania Silver Coin commemorates the May 7th 1915 tragic sinking of the famous British ocean liner.
The coin design features an engraved illustration of RMS Lusitania steaming across the Atlantic, with the periscope of U-20 appearing in the foreground just moments before her fateful sinking.
The coin comes packaged in a display case fashioned after a ship's porthole with a uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity. The RMS Lusitania 1 oz Silver Coin has a limited mintage of 1,915 coins.
RMS Lusitania was a famous British ocean liner of the early twentieth century. For a period the world’s largest passenger ship, Lusitania was also celebrated at the time of her launch as the fastest and most luxurious liner in the world.
Departing Liverpool (England) on 7 September 1907 on her maiden voyage, Lusitania arrived in New York (United States) six days later where she was the subject of widespread public attention. Over the following years the liner would make 101 round-trip voyages across the Atlantic, taking the sought after Blue Ribbon title twice during her career.
In 1914 following the declaration of war between Germany and Great Britain, submarine attacks intensified in the Atlantic. On 1 May 1915, Lusitania departed New York bound for Liverpool with a rumoured cargo of munitions to aid the British war effort. At 2:10 pm on 7 May, she was torpedoed just 18 km (11 mi) off the coast of Ireland claiming 1,198 lives.
The attack without warning, and death of civilians and neutral nationals aboard, has come to be considered one of the first examples of ‘total war’ and a turning point in World War I. The seeds of American animosity were sown, with the United States entering the war shortly after. The nature of this tragic event remains a controversial topic even to this day.