This shaped and selectively coloured 2022 five ounce fine silver coin marks the 110th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic. Using innovative minting technology, the entire coin is comprised of the ship itself and the iceberg which made its maiden voyage its last. The obverse features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II within a compass, and the route of the Titanic on its voyage from Southhampton, England enroute to New York. The coin has a legal tender face value of $10 in Solomon Islands and a mintage limited to just 750 pieces worldwide. GST/HST exempt.
The Titanic's ill-fated life began with great fanfare in 1908, when the White Star Company announced its plans to beat all previous records in shipbuilding with a cross-Atlantic steamship unmatched in passenger capacity, luxury, and reliability. Completed in February 1912 and captained by White Star Line admiral Captain E. J. Smith, the 270-metre vessel was longer than four city blocks, more than 53 metres tall, weighed more than 45,000 tons, and comprised ten decks and numerous compartments divided into fifteen bulkheads. Its massive steel bulk was held together by more than 3 million rivets.
At 11:40 pm on the night of Sunday, April 14, 1912, this most colossal steamer in the world collided with an iceberg in frigid North Atlantic waters, about 900 kilometres (600 miles) off the coast of Nova Scotia. When the Titanic broke apart and sank less than three hours later, about two thirds of the more than 2,200 passengers and crew aboard lost their lives.