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  • Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Black May in the Atlantic

  • .925 Silver Coin with stunning Ruthenium accents and 24 carat gold emblem

  • Exclusive on to The Bradford Mint

  • Worldwide mintage of only 499​

75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

El Cazador Shipwreck Coin



Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic: the longest in WWII 

As early as 3 September 1939, a German submarine sank a passenger ship, the Athenia with 112 of its crew and passengers killed. This underhand blow was the first in a long and bitter struggle in which German U-boats, with navy and air support, sought to destroy ships supplying Britain and allies with food, fuel and equipment. By the end of September alone, 137,084 tons of British shipping had been sunk.

Allied containment of these Axis attacks was vital for Atlantic sea lanes to be kept open. The Mediterranean and African theatres also needed the same support. Above all, in the latter part of the War, D-Day and similar amphibious engagements would not have been possible. The Allies would have lost: end of story.

But they responded with escorted convoys (including the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Australia and others) to protect supply ships and help establish the control needed not only for shipment of supplies but to support future attack strategies. As British wartime Prime Minster Winston Churchill, said of the Battle, "Never for one moment could we forget that everything happening elsewhere, on land, at sea, or in the air, depended ultimately on its outcome."

Of the many hard-fought engagements that made up the Battle of the Atlantic, were those of 1943’s Black May. So, called by the Germans because they lost many more U-boats compared to decreased losses by the Allies, due to improved escort tactics, technology, weaponry, radar, code-breaking and air support. Allied moral rose sharply, while German success declined: a most significant turning point, one that ultimately signalled the eventual success of the Allies.

The Atlantic supply routes were ultimately secured through Allied determination and superior technology, but at a huge cost: the loss of some four thousand ships, including 175 war ships and over 72,000 naval and merchant seamen.

This commemorative silver coin, exclusive to The Bradford Mint, is exquisitely crafted to the highest numismatic standards; it includes a 24K gold inlay emblem of the Black May anniversary date against a dark polished Ruthenium background showing a typical sea/air/u-boat engagement. The obverse features the current coin portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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