The Great French Ships series from the Monnaie de Paris pays tribute to a sailing ship, a warship and an ocean liner. In 2016, The Belem was released, which was a cargo liner but was later used for tall-ship sailing courses at high-profile events.
- Contains .714 oz of .900 fine Silver.
- Comes in a box and with a certificate of authenticity from the Monnaie de Paris.
- Mintage of just 3,000 coins.
- Obverse: Shows the ship in full sail right in the center of the coin. In the background, there is a detail of the rail running around the after castle. The ship’s name is inscribed at the top of the coin within a border of rigging rope.
- Reverse: Features a composition of helm and jib found on all the coins dedicated to sailing ships in the collection. The dauphin is part of the ship's stern cleats.
- Certified by the Monnaie de Paris.
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The Belem was built in 1896 and began its career as a cargo ship transporting cocoa. It changed hands between the English and the Italians before being purchased in 1979 by a French company which restored it and created a foundation to promote and preserve it as a significant piece of French maritime heritage. In 1984, it was classified as a historic monument, but continues to be used for tall-ship sailing courses and at high-profile events. Its home port is Nantes.