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Australian Shipwreck Series

The Shipwreck series that highlights some of the most dramatic maritime disasters in history debuted in 2019 thanks to an exclusive partnership between the Royal Australian Mint and Lucius Precious Metals. The 2019 issue marked the first time a triangular-shaped bullion coin had ever been released!

2020 marks just the second addition to the series and features the Vergulde Draeck or Gilt Dragon, a former Dutch East India Company ship that ran afoul of a coral reef off the coast of West Australia in 1656 while it was traveling to Batavia (now Jakarta). Just 75 of the original crew survived the wreck and while a small group of the survivors reached Batavia seeking aid, subsequent rescue attempts proved futile. What happened to the rest of the crew remains a mystery to this day.

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