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Ghost Ships – Flying Dutchman 20g Silver

Designed in such a way that you look through the ships window towards the ship. A unique design and a ship motive that always appeals.

The Flying Dutchman (Dutch: De Vliegende Hollander) is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The myth is likely to have originated from 17th-century nautical folklore. The oldest extant version dates to the late 18th century. Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with ghostly light. If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom.


  • Metal: 925  Silver
  • Finish: Antiqued
  • Issuing Authority: Cook Islands
  • Year of Issue: 2016
  • Mintage: 1000
  • Diameter: 38.61mm
  • Weight: 20g


The reverse face stays with the struck representation of an ornate porthole, through which a coloured image of the ship in question is depicted. The border on these has always been well done and hasn’t diminished as time has passed. The picture of the Flying Dutchmen is also a fine one, very atmospheric and scene setting.


The obverse carries on the series tradition of being issued for a different state. The first coin was issued for Niue Island, the second for Tokelau, and this one for the Cook Islands. This could go on for some time given how many of the island states are used to issue commemorative coins, like Fiji, Tuvalu and Palau being obvious candidates. To date, all are Commonwealth countries, so feature the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.


Presented in a high quality box, with outer shipper and complete with Certificate of Authenticity.

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