A Seaworthy gift from Silversaver888: Black Flag Series 2020, The Royal Fortune

in Silver Gold Stackers2 years ago (edited)


” Blackbirds tend to like Shiny Things” ~ The Bloody Raven

Another gift from my Sister Stacker @silversaver888 I will be unveiling and by the title of this article you already know what it is and for my #piratesunday shtick. With my usual rant, Canadian retailers never seem to get the good bullion coins before anyone else in the world, so my Sis sent this lovely Black Flag Series ship, the Royal Fortune Captained by the infamous Bartholomew Roberts or otherwise known as “Black Bart.”

1724 Roberts with the Royal Fortune and Ranger ,by B. Cole under Public Domain

Getting to the Bloody Coin

2020 Tuvalu The Royal Fortune 1 Dollar

Reverse: The Royal Fortune, flying the flag of Black Bart
40.9 mm Diameter
0.9999 Fine Silver

As history records Captain Roberts commanded other versions of ships of the same name;

  • A Sloop originally the Royal Rover is renamed the Fortune.
  • Replaced by a captured 16 gun Brigantine and renamed the Fortune.
  • Only to be replaced with a captured 26 Gun French frigate he named Good Fortune then renamed Royal Fortune, the first of several ships of that name.
  • Another notable version is the captured the 52 gun French warship of Governor Florimond Hurault de Montigny also renaming it the Royal Fortune. Give Bart some credit for consistency.
  • Then followed by the captured Royal Navy Frigate Onslow was converted to become the fourth Royal Fortune name.

2020 Tuvalu The Royal Fortune 1 Dollar

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II Facing Right
Edge Reeded
Mintage of 15,000
Perth Mint

Santos Bay 1719 : Before Sunrise

Captain Roberts grasped the rigging and stood tall on the rail overseeing the last of chest stowed into the the open hold. His sharp eyes then scans to and fro, his mind alert to any change in the situation aboard the captured 40 gun Portuguese ship the Sagrada Familia. He makes a quick gaze up at the Portuguese flag to assess the wind quality and direction then shed his over sized officer’s frock coat casting it into the sea revealing his favored crimson Damask waistcoat and britches. There was no further need to continue their ruse.

His crew, grim faced men began to give way to smiles and wide grins as they make ready for open sea feeling more certain that Captain Roberts was right.
This will put to end any ill notion in Captain Robert’s lack of experience, instead proved a very capable and cunning man. Their successful escape will put to rest the ghost of Captain Davis as a blessing in disguise and now all the men will now undoubtedly follow this new Captain.

It seemed miracle that they managed to seize the man-of-war and then the Sagrada without alerting the other warship anchored to her port quarter. It all depended on speed and silence. The two man-of-war ships, each with 70 guns were charged with guarding the Portuguese merchant fleet. The pirates would be at a clear disadvantage if they got into a fight. With the captured crew of the Sagrada secured below deck the officer of the Portuguese Warship was hauled aboard, and with his sword Captain Bart calmly persuading his counterpart to point out the treasure ship.

And a little extra surprise with the Gift

1939 Winged Liberty One Dime

Reverse: Fasces, Olive branch, motto: E • PLURIBUS UNUM
Silver .900, 2.5g
17.9mm diameter, 1mm Thick

The plan may be bold and daring but this was far different that the usual prey, while Captain Roberts had been so far successful with lightly armed vessels, this is more easily deemed a reckless fool’s adventure. It was just yesterday when Captain Bart finally put down his tea cup and said in his usual outspoken style, “Gentlemen, the greater the guns, the richer the ships!”, then laid out his plan before the crew.
In the beginning few nodded in approval many others seemed doubtful.
His confidence spoke more than his words and when the time came the vote passed by a slim margin.
Now the deed is almost done.

“I believe this is where we part ways my Captain, give my regards to your king Joseph I” said Roberts, as he twirled the tip of his mustache with his left hand and with his right sword hand prodded the Portuguese Captain plunging into the Sea.
Captain Roberts slipped down from the silent Sagrada Familia onto the deck and bellowed, “Full Sail, and take her out the Bay in good speed.” The crew rushed to their rigging stations, the sails fall and flutter briefly before pulled taunt by the outgoing breeze.

1939 Winged Liberty One Dime
Obverse: Liberty facing Left, LIBERTY, In God we Trust, 1939, W
KM#140, Schön# 133
Mintage of 67,749,321

The ship began to pull away from the Sagrada. “Put yer back into it Lads!” The Scottish Quartermaster followed the Captain down to the open cargo hold. The weathered oak chests rested upon the hold floor.
Bart drew his pistol and fired freeing the lock from it’s heavy latch. Many hungry eyes gathered around the hold staring in awe as Roberts kicked open the chest lid revealing the golden glow. Roberts knelt down as if in prayer, cupped his hands and dug them deep into the treasure of King Joseph of Portugal. He slowly stood and lifted his hands high and let the glistening golden coins fall through his fingers in a glimmering golden cascade.

“In these chests my friends is 40,000 gold Moidores and to each of my brethren a share of this treasure and tonight we celebrate!” Roberts stared at the faces of the gathered men and then grinned, “But first we fly! Hoist the Black Flag! Back to your stations!”
The crew roared in approval and scampered back to their stations.
“Hoist th’ black flag lads, on th’ double!”, echoed the quartermaster.
“I want to let these fellows know who just robbed them. Leave these chests in view Monty. I shall be at the Stern to bid our sleepy hosts a farewell.”

The Moidore is the gold coin first produced and circulated in 1677 to as late as 1910 in Portugal and her Colonies as her empire grew and then diminished. The face value states 4000 Reals, The Real being the currency unit of Portugal since 1430 up to 1911 when it changed to the Escudo following the Republican revolution.

Roberts smiled as flag unfurled in the early morning sun.
Instead of his spyglass he picked up is teacup and stepped to the stern behind the steersman. He could see the harried crews of the Escort ships finally alerted. His Man-of-war Counterpart hauled aboard from the sea. Two escorts managed to weight anchor and began to give chase. One ship turned slowly bringing her forward Chaser guns to bear.

Twin puffs of smoke rose from the Escort’s fore Chaser guns followed by twin booms.
Two Geysers rose simultaneous close to the stern but a miss nevertheless.
It will be ninety seconds before they could fire again but his trusty nimble little ship will be well underway before they could get their sails up. Roberts pressed the cup to his lips, “Blast, this tea is cold.”

! Bonus Silver ! From a favorite Pirate Silver artisan, Mutiny Metals is this fine [one oz. bar](https://mutiny-metals.myshopify.com/products/pirate-flag-of-black-bart-1oz-fine-silver-first-strike) of one of Black Bart’s Black flags. Funny how Captain Roberts has different flags yet insist his ship is always Royal Fortune but the Captain likes to be generally consistent.

My thoughts of the Black Flag: Royal Fortune

Awesome, awesome, awesome! So to borrow a phrase by my generous sister, #ILIKEITALOT
Thank you, thank you, thank you @silversaver888! For both coins!

And, the Bloody Raven’s take

“Aye….ditto. There be a tip of me Tricorn hat t’ Ole Bart when I get underway on th’ Storm Crow II.”

So, I hope you enjoyed this very special feature...

And Thank you for stopping by my Pirate Blog this Sunday.

The #piratesunday tag is the scurvy scheme of Captain @stokjockey for #steemsilvergold and #ssg-community pirates to proudly showcase their shiny booty and plunder for all to see. Landlubbers arrrh…welcomed to participate and be a Pirate at heart so open yer treasure chests an’ show us what booty yea got!


1. My own pictures shot with a Samsung SM-A530W
P. Image under Pixabay
R. Clip art from 123RF
W. Wiki Commons
Wiki: Bartholomew Roberts


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Captain Bart surely is consistent... 4 ships renamed Fortune. Which Royal Fortune is depicted on the coin? Is it the 26 Gun French frigate or the Royal Navy Frigate Onslow? I suppose it was the last one. But isn't it true.. the greater the guns (and the gold in cargo), the richer the ships? [Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge had a whopping FORTY cannons!] So I looked up Moidore, and there are still some available in brass. I read about Captain Roberts (Black Bart)and I love how you are able to create almost true to life conversation lines between him and his men after the daring and successful pirate raids, grabbing the 40,000 gold moidores from Brazil. He was a legend among pirates! As always sis, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article. Your articles are always special!
Do you think that after the Black Flag series, Perth Mint will have another ship coin or two with the Red Flag (Bloody Red)?
It is I who is grateful for your generosity of sending me the 2019 Black Flag Queen Anne's Revenge, sis @kerrislravenhill! It was one of my regrets for not getting that coin when it first came out, and as always, you were sensitive to my secret longing for that coin. So THANK YOU, sis. I am grateful for that gesture of yours that make you more endearing to me. Have a beautiful day, my love sis @kerrislravenhill! Take care 🥰🌺🤙, lots of love and a million and one Hugs and Kisses 🤗💕💋!!
!tip 1

With some guys, the bigger, the better. But in reality a huge ship like a 'Ship of the Line' First rate 100 guns etc. are slow to navigate and maneuver, requires a lot of resources and a very large well trained crew to operate the complex rigging system. Pirate captains prefer with good speed over projecting power and let their reputation project that power. If Roberts decided to take a Big Man of War, the lack of skilled crew unfamiliar with the ship will be a big liability, then the Portuguese escorts and then the remaining Man of war will eventually over take the fleeing ship.

I thought this event of Santos Bay was significant in cementing the loyalty of his crew, and the ire of the Kingdom of Portugal. Couldn't find more definitive documentation of the actual raid but I kept the facts and fictionalize the event. The Loss of Captain Davis was still fresh on the crew, Roberts is relatively a newly elected Captain largely on his Navigational skills. I can imagine the politics that could exist among a crew of Pirates was like. There so much about this man including that of a Tea Tottler rather than a Rum drinker as he detested drunkeness.

Oddly enough the Pirate flag started out as RED, as in the term Jolly Roger in French, 'joli rouge' meant 'Pretty Red' before going to the Black.

And I will always value your friendship and from those last five years 🌺 💝 🌹 💓 🌸 🌼 ☠ 🦜

An excellent gift choice Kerris, Savers been hooking you up.👍

With Canadian retailers limited to a small market a lot of great coins never make it here.
I'm grateful for knowing Silversaver for quite some time now and we certainly enjoy each other's company and not necessarily just silver and PM's. While having a little connection in the biggest PM market in the world can be a bonus that comes with it, I seldom have anything worth trading from this side of the border anyway.
Thanks for the comment @silverd510

PS: you sure do have some Sweet Lips, among other things ;-)

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There is only one person that has this gif link. 💋

I just lifted it from the post above

That is an amazing gift, I love all old coins and that black flag coin is awesome.

I love coins and silver associated with the Pirate theme. For instance, other than the dime; The Royal fortune bring center; at 8 0'clock to noon position is a Poured Silver Flintlock pistol make by Wild Pig Pours, at One o'clock is the Queen Anne's Revenge, at Four o'clock is a genuine Mexico 1794 8 reals, at Six o'clock is Midnight Mint's Daniel Carr replica Atochia 0.999 FS Cob with 1% silver from the Atochia's shipwreck silver. Below that are two Banknotes; East Africa and British Guiana that were places Captain Roberts have been in his voyages.

I have known Silversaver over five years now, we chat regularly so she knows what I like.
Thanks for dropping in @maddogmike

Wow very nice coin with interesting story behind it

The raid in Santos Bay was historical fact. I merely preserved the major facts accurately and what was missing was the drama so I fictionalized a key scene that was critical in the early career of Captain Roberts. Not only make his mark in the golden age of piracy but also won over his crew's fickle loyalty.
Thanks for commenting @djohan

Thanks for sharing, Kerrislravenhill. Silver coins make great gifts.

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I've been giving silver bullion coins as gifts to family and friends for a while.
There are so many coins with different themes we are bound to find a subject for anyone and best of all it can easily segway into conversation into why we stack precious metals, and having them get a feel of what real money feels like.
Thanks for commenting @cve3

Beautiful coins from the sister, they are plenty full of history :)

Thank You sweet sister.

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Oddly enough, I was cited for TAG Abuse by someone's puppet account when I posted a Scottsdale Silver bar with a fictional story around it. I was told it wasn't financial related. Did not reply to my argument.

Hey, I don't remember the specific case and if I reviewed it or another curator did. I lifted the mute on your acc though, so you can post your finance content freely from the interface and earn LEO.

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That explains my underwhelming performance with LeoFinance.

No warning of muting, No opportunity for a review, No RECOURSE, summarily muted. And you wonder why I have yet since posted through the Leo portal. 34 posts since beginning with The Scottsdale Bar post debacle The alleged offending post.

While my colleges of the #silvergoldstackers community are the Showcasers, I make PM stacking Sexy, Historical, Fun, and give it the sizzle. As you look into my entire posting history I don’t spam or shit post, winning at least 10 Curie Wand taps in that time.

Now #teloskanda tribe wants me to be on board and recently gave me a wad of Tokens to drop a tag and use theirs. I lost a lot of ground since, 34 posts worth and feeling bitter about it but it will pass.

Make it worthwhile for me to come back, the name of my accuser, judge, jury and executioner is Kaduni

Black Birds tend to like shiny things ~ The Bloody Raven

Thank you for looking into this @khaleelkazi and have a Good day
Kerris Llewellyn Ravenhill

I actually checked your account and found out that you weren't muted, just undercurated.

We do manual curation, but perhaps some are turned off by the post. Manual curation is a continual work in progress, so I hope we get better as a team of finding good content rather than letting it slip through the cracks.

We're always happy to have users post through leofinance.io, so your content would be curated the same as anyone else who posts through it - posts in our Hive community get 1-10% @leo.voter upvotes and native content gets 11% + depending on the perceived value/curation of the content.

As for giving out grants, we don't do that. But happy to have you either way

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“….I lifted the mute on your acc though, so you can post your finance content freely from the interface and earn LEO….”

That's a surprising change. Did you just lie to me from the start? Say it isn’t so…
Steem or Hive, I expect my Witnesses to upfront, reliable and to give me the facts before I support them. For the founder of Leo and the Leo token I would expect responsibilities at the same level. And in any business the Manager takes responsibility for the actions of his workers; correct them when their wrong or support them when they are right. Then make amends where necessary rather than push the issue aside and ignore them.

Using your TAG police like @kaduni as your Customer Service then do nothing to address my unanswered question/comment for 5 months. No link to “Contact Us” Do you warn anyone about muting? Or do you hope to benefit from me not knowing then go away? Not a cool policy to practice. This is very unprofessional. I don’t really care about the Leo Tokens I would have earned, where an apology would simply do. I’d rather support a Token with a Founder I can rely on in managing this right more important.

As “Undercurated”, “Slipped through the cracks” 34 times? I get the message. I’ll make up my mind at the end of July and time for me to cool down, perhaps this may even turn out to be a post.

Black Birds tend to like shiny things ~ The Bloody Raven

My regards and good day,

Kerris Llewellyn Ravenhill

"a woman scorned" comes to mind ;)
@steemleo may have Fucked Up!

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khaleelkazi or perhaps more accurately as @Kaduni can't admit his mistake.