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2013 Niue Ghost Ships Dollar Coin Series Honors the Mary Celeste

2013 Niue Ghost Ships Dollar Coin Series Honors the Mary Celeste

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “

J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement 

In 2013, the south Pacific island nation of Niue contracted with NumisCollect to issue a series of silver one dollar coins honoring “ghost ships.” The first coin in the series was the Mary Celeste.  From NumisCollect’s press release:

The Mary Celeste (or Marie Cèleste as it is fictionally referred to by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and others after him) was a British-American merchant brigantine famous for having been discovered on 4 December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and apparently abandoned (one lifeboat was missing, along with its crew of seven), although the weather was fine and her crew had been experienced and capable seamen.
The Mary Celeste was in seaworthy condition and still under sail heading toward the Strait of Gibraltar. She had been at sea for a month and had over six months’ worth of food and water on board. Her cargo was virtually untouched and the crew’s personal belongings were still in place, including valuables. None of those on board were ever seen or heard from again, and their disappearance is often cited as the greatest maritime mystery of all time.

The question of why the crew left the Mary Celeste has been the subject of much speculation. Theories range from natural causes (alcohol fumes, underwater earthquakes, waterspouts) to human actions (piracy, mutiny, errors of judgment) to paranormal explanations (extraterrestrial life, unidentified flying objects (UFOs), sea monsters, and the Bermuda Triangle, although the ship is not known to have sailed through that area of the Atlantic).

The Mary Celeste, with a history of misfortune, was said to be “cursed” even before she was discovered derelict with no apparent explanation, a classic ghost ship. In 1885, the Mary Celeste was destroyed when her last owner intentionally wrecked her off the coast of Haiti in an attempt to commit insurance fraud.

Keyselling points
– Low mintage 1000 pieces
– Partly colored
– Ships collection

OBVERSE: ELIZABETH II NIUE ONE DOLLAR / (bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing rignt) / 2013

REVERSE: (color inlay of the ship Mary Celeste) / MARY (anchor) CELESTE / Ghost Ships

Round, 38.61 mm, .925 antique finish silver

Other ships in the series include the Flying Dutchman and the Lady Lovibound. 

 

The 1994 Gibraltar Mary Celeste One Crown Coin

The 1994 Gibraltar Mary Celeste One Crown Coin

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “ – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement  Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature a story that doesn’t involve Sherlock Holmes –… Continue Reading

Queen Elizabeth Gives Out Sherlock Coin As Part of Maundy Thursday

Queen Elizabeth Gives Out Sherlock Coin As Part of Maundy Thursday

“… your Grace’s purse.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) We are sharing the pertinent content of today’s news coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s participation in the Maundy Thursday ceremony. For full coverage of the story, please read Alice Scarsi’s news article in The Daily Express.  The Royal Family’s Twitter account wrote: “The Queen commemorates… Continue Reading

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Facsimile of Dr. John Watson’s 2nd Afghan War Medal With the [at last and about time] Long Overdue Maiwand Bar* For the believer in versimilitude actual 2nd Afghan War Medals may… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty Leo McKern

Faces of Moriarty Leo McKern

“… an incomparable actor” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Reginald “Leo” McKern (March 16, 1920 – July 23, 2002) was an Australian actor. While our group will focus on his portrayal of Professor James Moriarty in the 1975 musical comedy film, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, he is better known for his role as… Continue Reading

The 1995 Sherlock Holmes Philatelic Numismatic Covers

The 1995 Sherlock Holmes Philatelic Numismatic Covers

“Or did it come through the post?” – The Adventure of the Reigate Squire (REIG) In October 1993, the United Kingdom issued five different 24 pence stamps featuring Sherlock Holmes themes. In May 1995, a set of five different Philatelic – Numismatic Combination Covers (envelope with postal cancellation and a numismatic item, usually a coin) or… Continue Reading

TFG Issued Souvenir Card for 2019 BSI Weekend

TFG Issued Souvenir Card for 2019 BSI Weekend

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) For the second consecutive year, The Fourth Garrideb issued a souvenir card for the Baker Street Irregulars Weekend this past January. Attendees of the annual BSI Dinner, the Dinner for “The Woman,” and the Gaslight Gala received one of our 8.5 by… Continue Reading

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

“I served at the fatal battle of Maiwand.” – A Study in Scarleti (STUD) We have done a few posts before on the various cinematic versions of Dr. Watson and the various military decorations they have worn. We now turn our attention to the portrayal by Jude Law in the two movies in the Robert Downey,… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Design for ANA’s National Coin Week Challenge

A Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Design for ANA’s National Coin Week Challenge

“… the artist had brought out the full effect…” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) National Coin Week, sponsored by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), is fast approaching with an April 21 start date. Several years back (pre 2016) the ANA sponsored a contest encouraging elementary students to design their own hobo nickels. One student,… Continue Reading

Edgar W. Smith & The 1929 General Motors Export Company Managing Directors’ Conference Medal

Edgar W. Smith & The 1929 General Motors Export Company Managing Directors’ Conference Medal

“… at this conference.” – The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA) If there was a Mount Rushmore for the greats of the Baker Street Irregulars, Edgar W. Smith would probably be one of the four chosen to be immortalized. In 1935, Smith would start a correspondence with Vincent Starrett and would learn of the Baker Street… Continue Reading