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2010 Cook Islands 1 oz Silver Battle of Hampton Proof

2010 Cook Islands 1 oz Silver Battle of Hampton Proof

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Mintage of only 5,000 coins!
This Silver coin is the third in a five-coin series.
The Hampton features the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy, also includes a colored depiction of the battle with Virginia. Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse.
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The first-ever clash between two ironclad warships took place during the American Civil War on Hampton Roads, a body of water on the US east coast. On the Confederate side was Virginia, a wooden frigate previously known as USS Merrimack, which had been sunk and then rebuilt as an ironclad ram. During the second day of the battle, she encountered the Union Monitor. A completely new design of ironclad, her extremely low profile meant that she had no more than 18 inches of armoured deck visible above the water line. After fighting for several hours, mostly at close range, neither ship had landed a decisive blow, their armour-plating proving effective. Nevertheless, the battle marked the dawn of a new era in maritime warfare.

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