#piratesunday: 2019 Australia One Dollar - Batavia Shipwreck

”Blackbirds tend to like shiny things.” ~ The Bloody Raven

My timing was bad on this purchase just before December. @punkysdad and I settled on our shopping list only to find the Proof Coin version had just sold out. Clicking on the Email option would be useless as this retailer seldom reply with the words, “We have this back in stock!” Especially with such a limited run of 20,000 worldwide.

I admit to being taken by this novel design.
Its triangle shape easily stands out among the other coins in my Stack.
The proof with a contrasting cameo finish.
And of course, the visual portrayal of the ship itself in beautiful detail.

2019 1 Australian Dollar Shipwreck Batavia
Reverse: The Batavia under sail
Upside down Legend: 16.29, 1oz .999 Ag, BATAVIA
0.999 Silver, 31.1g
Diameter of 33.9mm, Thickness 4mm

I did not find this design peculiar as some critics stated. I thought this was cleverly designed by Engraver Adam Ball. The way that the reverse of this coin tells two stories; one of it’s triumphant launch into its maiden voyage of adventure and hopeful years profitable trade, and then the story of it’s disastrous demise cast upon the hazardous uncharted reefs off the unexplored western Australian coastline.

The Original 1628 Batavia:

  • Built in: Peperwerf Amsterdam
  • Commissioned & owned by: Dutch East India Company (VOC)
  • Completed: 1628
  • Class: East Indiaman
  • Tonnage: 650 Tons
  • Displacement: 1200 Tons
  • Length: 186 ft
  • Beam: 34 ft
  • Draught: 17ft
  • Sail Plan: Full Rigged
  • Armament: 24 Cannon

The 1995 Modern Replica of the Batavia in Lelystad.

Constructed under Master Shipbuilder: Willem Vos.

The new ship’s keel was laid October 1985, built to the specifications of the original remains recovered from the Beacon Island shipwreck site. The original remains are on display in Fremantle. Relying mostly on traditional construction methods and building matrials, she was finally completed and launched April 1995. She made a public appearance with the Dutch Olympic team at the 2000 Sidney Games before being permanently moored back in the Lelystad Netherlands as a museum and public display.

2019 1 Australian Dollar Shipwreck Batavia
Obverse: The Battle between the Survivors and the Mutineers.
6th Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right
Royal Australian Mint, Mintage of 20,000
Reference N#179081
Antiqued: 1000

I’ve looked into the details of the Mutiny that led to the disaster; Commander Pelsaert with the protagonists, the passengers and then the Mutineers themselves. The circumstances, A madman Second in command antagonist Cornelisz and his accomplices. A treasure in 12 wooden chests totaling about 250 Thousand Guilders in Rijksdaalers silver coin earmarked for the purchase of goods, provisions, and payment of the crew.

The records of eye-witness testimony detail the horrific events that happened after Pelsaert departed for help, read like a fictional horror & crime novel. But far from fiction when events, actions, and decisions that not only wrecked the Batavia but also led to the massacre of most of the 332 passengers of not only the unaligned men, but women and children were not spared either. If not for the heroism of Wiebbe Hayes and the timely rescue by the returning Commander Pelsaert the 122 remaining passengers may not have made it out alive.

2019 Batavia and 2021 Zeewijk

The surviving Mutineers were captured, tried, and mostly executed with only two spared death were marooned. Thus, ending one of the most terrible Maritime disasters in history.

There were so many layers to the story of the ill fated Batavia, her crew and passengers as historians continue to discuss as more archeological evidence is being uncovered. A startling contrast compared to the comparatively idyllic founding of Sydney by Captain Arthur Phillip’s first fleet in 1788.

So, how much did I pay for this?
I am too embarrassed to say but for this…
That it is for a future Post of: My TOP TEN Stacking disasters.

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Back from Mass!
Hahaha, you caved into one of the triangle coins, hehehe!
Buy what you like, they say!
Still consistent with what you get.
It looks awesome!

Hugs and Kisses, sis 🥰🌺🤙!!!!

You know how I love sailing ships and my fantasy dream of having my own Working sailing ship.
I came across this YouTube video in my research.

Batavia by Drone

Great Beauty shots and you could see the inspiration for the coins reverse border prominently displayed on the ornate Stern of this ship. A work of art!
My hats off to Willem Vos who faithfully reconstructed her almost to original specifications.

Always, with a love for Ships 🤗 🌺 💖

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I dream to have my own Pirate ship.
What Mr. Vos say it cost in 1995? $10 million to build?

The Batavia in Sydney Australia

Has some great shots of this beautiful ship.

Thanks for the Comment and LUV @stokjockey

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That is so Cool with Cannon Bursts.......

Good article ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Beacon Island by Guy Bedoyere Under CCO 4.0

And a great story no matter the varying perspective one takes. You can't just make this stuff up.
Here's fascinating photo of Beacon Island, the site of the massacre and on the top left, the dark shallows form the hollow eye and nose of a top of a skull.
It's a bit of 'Matricing' but freaky isn't it?

Thank you for coming aboard @oscarpower55

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I overpaid for mine to don’t feel bad. It’s a nice coin

Thanks @silverd510

It's better to have this coin rather than regret not having either for a future epic silver ship collection.

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A former HR manager of me - now retired - tours people around the replica in Lelystad. Great story once more.

I just ran across this YouTube Video

Flyby of Shipwreck site and first person tour

A large ship as it is, we can imagine the crowded conditions with over 340 passengers and crew. The panic aboard must have been crazy when the ship ran aground on the reef that night.

'Dank u meneer' If I am ever in the Netherlands, I'll be booking a tour of the Batavia.

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Amazing to see it in one video. Thanks!

Remember what I said about this coin, you could have gotten well more than two silver ounces for what you finally decided to MIGHT buy it. I counted three times you put that in and out of the TCS Shopping Cart. Lol!

I just love these little quirks of yours.

The whole Mutiny Situation reminds me of an old Star Trek episode: The Conscience of the King.

You had to mention that. Anything else you'd like to add?

Here's a neat documentary in my extensive research.

60 Minutes Documentary - A mutiny, psychopath and mass murder

It's Cool from a forensics point of view.

Arrr, Sees yea around @punkysdad

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Sometimes ya just gotta’ pull the trigger raven — ‘tis a real stunner!

The Antiquing does make the details of the strike truly stand out more than the Cameo finish of the proof. But is it worth the extra Premium, it's debatable but a coin I wanted in my collection regardless.

Had to do it. I'd feel worse not having this fabulous coin in any variety.

Thanks for chiming in @thedamus

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i was never a fan of these triangle coins, the designs are nice just for some reason they make me uneasy.

Treasure of the Batavia by Guy Bedoyere Under CCO 4.0

Then I will take it as you would prefer the Guilders and Rijksdaalers instead? Now that I am familiar with this historical event, I'm going to be on the look out for an old and reasonably priced Rijksdaaler as a part of the real silver collection.

'Dank u meneer' for leaving a comment @monsterjamgold

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I love these triangle coins @kerrislravenhill, and the antique finish creates a very classy look @kerrislravenhill!😀
History recorded in Silver so nice!!!

Antiqued "as if pried from the clutches of a long dead corpse!" kind of antiqued.

If I ever get my hands on a 17th century Rijksdaalers, I'll write another spooky ghost story of the haunted silver coin9s) and about the unfortunate soul that held it as the ship broke up on the reef and the waves pounding the remains in the moonlight.

Thank you for always commenting on my posts @silvertop

Treasure of the Batavia by Guy Bedoyere Under CCO 4.0

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Ohh....😳...I can see the "white knuckles" clutching the Silver coin!!
I don't know if I will sleep tonight now Lol😇

That is one awesome coin! I remember seeing these previously and really would love to have it because it is so different.

Thanks for the historical view as well. Interesting but sad for sure. As for paying too much........it's the value of what it means to you to have it. Is there a price for that? Probably not. Congrats on getting it; now if I could just find one.....

Thanks for sharing @kerrislravenhill! Have a wonderful week ahead and don't work too hard. Take care!

I'd regret not getting it if I hadn't bought the Antiqued version.
Maybe it's better that way as if it were sitting around somewhere for 400 years untouched.

Another place I would love to visit, the resting place of part of the original Batavia bow section in Fremantle Australia. I wonder if there are any ghosts of those still lurk within these four walls.
Do some after dark ghost hunting!
The cannon was a recovered piece from the Batavia.

Shipwreck Galleries at Fremantle AU by Guy Bedoyere Under CCO 4.0

Thank you for always commenting on my pirate posts @elizabethbit

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Hey @kerrislravenhill! You are very welcome! I love reading what you write. It could be a very interesting trip to see those remains; you never know what tagged along with it. Nice photo; thanks for sharing; it brings it to life. Take care sista, and have a lovely evening!💜🌼🤗

Those triangle coins are gorgeous! The Batavia is particularly impressive.

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As I peruse the Krause coin catalog there have been other triangle coins most often as commemorative of special events. Not unique but very uncommon.

As for the ship itself, here's a gorgeous shot of her in Sydney but not under Full sail as on the coin.

The Batavia Replica by ADZee under Public Domain

I appreciate your comment @agr8buzz

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