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Type: Ocean Liners/ Cruise Ships
Item Type: Commemorative Sub-Type: Titanic

1912 Titanic Sinking Commemorative Coin Display Gift Set

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On her maiden voyage in 1912 the world’s newest and largest ocean going liner hit a huge wall of ice in the North Atlantic on April 14th and within a few hours had sank with the loss of 1,523 lives.

The history and events leading up to and after the sinking has fascinated generations to this day.

This set has a black and white picture of the famous White Star Liner leaving Southampton Docks on April 10th with a set of  British coins for 1912.

The set contains six 1912 British coins, namely: Shilling, Sixpence, Threepence (all struck in 92% silver) Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing.

All of the coins are dated 1912 and all are in Fine (or better) condition.

This item is new/mint and is housed in a display protection case but can be removed for framing if so desired.

This superb display would make a wonderful Christmas or Birthday gift for a coin or titanic collector/enthusiast.


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The Year That Was 1912…

• On 12 January, China becomes a republic, with Sun Yat-sen as president. He founds the Guomindang (Young China) movement • On 17 October, war begins in the Balkans as Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro struggle for independence against the declining Ottoman empire (armistice 3 December) • Italian troops occupy Libya • French troops occupy Morocco • Arizona and New Mexico become states in the United States • The South African Native National Congress, to campaign for black rights, is formed in South Africa • On 5 November, the Democratic candidate Thomas Woodrow Wilson is elected 28th president of the United States • On 15 April, the British ship Titanic, the world's largest liner (46,300 tons), sinks on her maiden voyage with the loss of 1,513 lives after hitting an iceberg in the north Atlantic • Polish biochemist Casimir Funk discovers 'vitamines' •

Sporting 1912...

• Football League Champions were Blackburn, leaving Everton in the runners up spot • Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the FA Cup Final (in a replay after the first match had been drawn 0-0), Harry Tufnel scoring the extra time winner • The Grand National winning horse was ‘Jerry’ • The Cheltenham Gold Cup was first run in 1924 • The Epsom Derby winning horse was ‘Tagalie’ • Golf's British Open was won by Edward Ray • Oxford won the Boat Race by six lengths over Cambridge (this was a replay after both boats had sunk in the original race) • The Wimbledon tennis singles tournament saw victories for Anthony Wilding of New Zealand (mens) and Ethel Thomson Larcombe of Great Britain (ladies) • American Sport – The first Super Bowl did not take place until 1967 – The first NBA Championship did not take place until 1947 – Major League Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox 4-3 New York Giants •


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95 years of Titanic intrigue
The Titanic moored in port before her catastrophic journey
Valuable lessons were learned from the Titanic disaster

It is over 95 years since the sinking of the mighty Titanic on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

At 11.40 pm on 14 April 1912, the crow's nest bell tolled three times, followed by three words that sealed the ship's fate.

"Iceberg, right ahead!" cried the lookout Frederick Fleet.

She was a true giant, the most lavish ship of a new generation of passenger liners.

Perhaps ironically it was her sister-ship, the Olympic, which sailed first and received all the kudos for her owners, White Star Line.

But all that changed when at 2.18 am, just a few hours after Fleet spotted the iceberg, the Titanic heaved vertically and vanished into the depths of the North Atlantic.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett in Titanic
The latest Hollywood film about the Titanic (starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet) was a global hit

Eyewitness accounts of the survivors formed the basis of the many inquiries that followed.

Titanic had been travelling at just over 20 knots, when the iceberg scraped along her starboard side.

Captain Edward Smith, known as the "millionaire's captain", was initially told there was no significant damage but an inspection of Titanic's watertight compartments revealed she was in fact in grave danger.

Excessive speed

A British inquiry later concluded the disaster was caused by excessive speed.

It was also highly critical of the lack of lifeboats on the ship.

Blame has been laid at the door of many and even today the rows continue.

But it was not until after the oceanographer Dr Robert Ballard discovered the wreck 375 miles southeast of Newfoundland that scientists were able to establish what went so disastrously wrong.

They were able to demonstrate that what appeared to be a relatively harmless tear along adjacent watertight compartments had catastrophic consequences, with the ship unable to cope with the influx of millions of gallons of seawater.

Titanic facts
RMS Titanic was built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff
1,523 people died in the disaster
705 survived and made it to land
The largest Titanic memorial is in Godalming, Surrey
A menu from the ship raised £25,000 at auction last week

Valuable lessons were learnt which are regarded as vital to today's shipping industry.

Captain Ron Warwick, who is in charge of luxurious modern-day QE2 and who often sails from Southampton to New York, is part of the exclusive club of people who have dived to the wreck.

He is in no doubt about the legacy of Titanic.

"It tells us we can never be complacent, especially as far as technology is concerned.

"Ships are something man creates but one always has to have respect for the sea, rough weather, calm weather, ice conditions, fog and snow."

Benefits from disaster

Capt Warwick said seafarers the world over have benefited from the Titanic disaster.

"It's an unfortunate fact of life that it often takes an accident to improve situations."

An international ice patrol was formed as a direct result of the Titanic tragedy, as well as international laws that require there to be sufficient lifeboats and lifesaving equipment for every passenger.

But could Titanic ever happen again?

The rusting deck of the Titanic
The wreck is full of holes and rusting away

"That's not an unreasonable questions," says Capt Warwick.

"It certainly could. To this day we still have some quite serious accidents. As an industry, it's up to us to do our best to ensure it never happens again."

As for Titanic, she is deteriorating rapidly.

Trips to the wreck

Anatoly Sagalevitch is head of the Russian research ship Akademik Keldysh which has been forced to sell trips to the wreck to survive and continue its work.

He has probably visited the Titanic more than any one else.

Over the past ten years, he says, much of the ship has been devoured by rusticles.

"Now all the deck is rusting away and there are big holes in Titanic.

"In four, five maybe six years, the superstructure will collapse. This is not just my view but also of our scientists and engineers."

Perhaps, when it is time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Titanic, she will be no more.


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