Please note that as our stock dwindles, we no longer have sealed mint tubes available. These rounds will ship in plastic flips normal tubes.
JM Bullion is excited to offer these unique 1 oz S.S. Gairsoppa Silver Rounds minted with actual silver recovered from the infamous S.S. Gairsoppa Shipwreck. Each round contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and has been struck at the Sunshine Mint located in Idaho, USA. When ordering these products in increments of twenty, they will be shipped in their original tubes. With only a limited number of these rounds set to be produced, don’t miss out on a chance to own a unique piece of World War II history.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine silver.
- Minted by the Sunshine Mint.
- Each round features the S.S. Gairsoppa Shipwreck design.
- All rounds in this listing will be in secondary market condition.
The S.S. Gairsoppa & World War II
The 300 ft S.S. Gairsoppa was launched in 1919 by the British India Steam Navigation Company, Ltd. of London; a company that got its start transporting mail between Calcutta and Rangoon. As World War II unfolded, the United Kingdom enlisted the ship to help out with the war efforts. Towards the beginning of the war (December of 1940), the ship was loaded full of supplies which included pig iron, tea and over 7 million ounces of silver in the form of ingots. Today the value of its cargo has been estimated at 150,000,000 pounds and is believed to be one of the richest of any sunken vessel.
The S.S. Gairsoppa’s Final Voyage
On its trip from Calcutta to Britain where it was to deliver its rich load to the Royal Mint in London, the ship began to run low on fuel. It was forced to set a new course on the most direct route to port. As the ship headed towards the isles, it was spotted by German aircraft which then relayed its position to a U-Boat which was in the area. The Gairsoppa was hit by a torpedo and later sunk on February 17, 1941 approximately 300 miles off the coast of Galway. The ship and its rich cargo sat on the bottom of the Atlantic for nearly 7 decades until it was finally recovered.
In 2010 the British Government sought out the help of Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration to help locate the ship and try to recover the 110+ tons of precious silver. They succeeded and ended up recovering nearly all of the sunken silver. After the success of their recovery, the company decided to commemorate the ship and its rich history by producing a number of silver bars, rounds and coins minted with actual silver from the recovery.
Video Footage of The Recovery:
If you have any questions about the 1 oz S.S. Gairsoppa Shipwreck Silver Round, please call us at 800-276-6508. For added convenience, you may reach us via live chat or by filling out our online contact form. Please note that these rounds are in limited supply and in much demand. We encourage you to procure yours as soon as can be.