In February 1941, a Merchant Navy vessel the Gairsoppa was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-101 off the Irish coast. On board she had up to 7 million ounces of silver, destined to be minted into British coins. Silver, crew and ship sank to the bottom of the ocean 4,700 metres below sea level.

In 2012, after more than 70 years on the seabed the WWII silver was located and brought to the surface – thanks to advanced modern technology it is one of the deepest successful shipwreck recovery operations ever!

Seventy-five years after it was lost at sea Britain’s wartime silver has been reforged into bars.

Struck from the very same silver, each bar contains 10 ounces of 99.9% pure silver. Only 499 of these bars have been struck worldwide and each reverse carries the serial number from the original silver bars recovered.

Presented in a customised display case with a uniquely numbered plaque bearing the edition number from 01/499 to 499/499. Accompanying each silver bar is the SS Gairsoppa book telling the story of the world’s most important shipwreck.

A fitting tribute to not only the lost crew of the SS Gairsoppa but to the 30,000 Merchant Navy sailors who sacrificed their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic .

Specifications
Metal:
99.9% pure Silver recovered from the WWII wreck of the SS Gairsoppa
Quality:
Proof
Weight:
Ten ounces over 300gm
Size:
67mm
Issuing Authority:
Official Merchant Navy issue with the Government of Niue
Denomination:
50 Dollars
Year of issue:
2016
Mintage limit:
499