The Rum Runner Makes its Getaway to APMEX
APMEX is very excited to announce the launch of the new series from the East Central Caribbean Bank coin program. The Rum Runner is issued from the country of Antigua and Barbuda and will be followed by the rest of the eight Caribbean islands.
Each coin in this new series, known as the EC8, is legal tender in the respective territories and is distributed by Scottsdale Mint. These limited mintage coins will consist of four coins for each release including a Silver BU, Silver Proof colorized, Gold BU and Gold colorized coin.
Antigua and Barbuda are two Caribbean islands that form a country that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Antigua and Barbuda is a Caribbean destination both exotic and luxurious where you will find a rich history to explore and some of the world's finest rums. Antigua’s history of rum production dates back to the early 1700s when sugar was first introduced to the island and quickly became the main crop produced on its plantations. Sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses or honeys, or sugarcane juice are the primary ingredients in the production of rum by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then aged in oak barrels, thus aiding in the creation of the Caribbean's world-wide sought after rum.
Throughout the Caribbean’s colonial period, competition for rum sales and for the security that armed ships brought with them was fierce among the English Caribbean planters. The Caribbean island governors supported selling rum to the Royal Navy in hopes of helping to keep the pirates at bay. Pirates often made extra money running rum to heavily taxed colonies in North American and the West Indies. As early as the 16th century, the British government employed “Revenue Cutters,” small lightweight single-sail vessels to stop the pirates and smugglers.
Each of these stunning Rum Runner coins features an 18th century ship heading out to sea with barrels of rum and a bottle in the foreground. The reverse depicts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the weight and purity. All four issues have limited mintages with 25,000 Silver coins, 5,000 Gold coins, 2,500 colorized Silver coins and just 500 colorized Gold coins.
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