Bound for Vancouver and Victoria as well as other port-of-calls along the way, the coastal vessel SS Princess Sophia hit Vanderbilt Reef and eventually foundered on October 25, 1918, leaving no survivors. Adding to its collectability, the mintage is limited to just 6,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt. The powerful reverse image by Yves Bérubé presents a dramatic depiction of an event that has been called the unknown Titanic of the West Coast. The artists choice of colours convey the rough seas in the early morning hours of October 24, 1918, when a blinding winter storm pushed the SS Princess Sophia off course and on a fateful collision with a wave-swept reef. The colourful scene shows the moment of impact, when the ships hull struck Vanderbilt Reef head on. The colour image fills the space between the engraved shores of Lynn Canal, the Alaskan Inlet where the events took place, which adds geographic context to the design. While the face value 20 DOLLARS, the word CANADA and the year 2018 are engraved on both shores, the reverse is framed by an innovative nautical rope motif engraved to the edge. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. PRINCESS SOPHIA SS was stranded on Vanderbilt Reef in October 1918 during a storm, eventually sliding into deep water and killing all the estimated 350 persons aboard. The steamship, known as the Titanic of the West Coast, was loaded to capacity with folks heading south from Skagway for the winter. The passenger list included many of the Yukons leading citizens, as well as numerous passengers from Victoria and Vancouver. Although a tremendous blow to the people of the Yukon, the wreck was overshadowed in the press by the end of the First World War. The wreck now rests on a slope in 80-150 feet of water. Packaging: Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box. 99.99% pure silver. Yves Berube (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse). I do leave feedback for everyone. The item “2018 The Sinking of the SS Princess Sophia $20 1OZ Pure Silver Proof Coin Canada” is in sale since Tuesday, September 25, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “coins.4.fun” and is located in Ontario. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Certification: Uncertified
- Grade: Ungraded
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated