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FIRST GOLD & SILVER BANKNOTES Ships & Pirates Lot Of 30 Shipping Info Description

World's First
Gold And Silver Banknotes

The Saga Of
Treasure Ships
And Pirates

Official Legal Tender Of
Antigua and Barbuda

artistic and literary contributions by
Alan D'Estrehan and
Christopher Moore

Official government issues of Antigua and Barbuda, originally minted sometime beginning in 1988,� and then from there on sent out monthly to collectors in Limited Edition, to only 20,000 presented World Wide. These are actually legal tender in their country, and can be changed to US currency for about $38 each (each one is $100 of the Barbuda currency) These banknotes are made with actual Pure 23k gold and .999 silver, weighing an average of 2.4 gr. each, or for a combined approximate weight of 70 gr. total.�

This stunning combination of artwork and history, each banknote depicts a treasure or pirate ship, and this set was originally commissioned by none other than Alan D'Estrehan, one of the world's foremost marine artists at the time. Individual banknotes are accompanied by captivating stories authored by Canadian historian Christopher Moore, telling the sagas and adventures, the myths and legends which surround our fascination with pirates, treasure ships, and the deep, eternal sea.�

This remarkable collection is currently gathered together within a sturdy 4 steel ringed, hard cover binder measuring 10.75 by 11.75 inches, also with gilt titles on spine and front, showing minor exterior wear and rubbing, otherwise contents clean and showing only minimal wear, all 30 banknotes remain securely protected behind their individual clear plastic sheets, certainly a great set for the collector of both metal and paper currencies, and overall in very good condition.�

(text taken from forward...)

In 1523 Hernan Cortes dispatched a fleet to carry the finest treasures of the New World back to Spain. In four years Cortes, the conquistador, had toppled the Aztec empire, con quered Mexico, and looted the treasuries of Tenochtitlan. His tiny army had captured a never-before-imagined wealth of gold, silver, jewels, and ornaments. Now the very best of his plunder was on its way to the King of Spain.

Much of it never arrived. Out in the ocean, the pirates struck, and several of the treasure ships fell into their hands. For the first time, the plunder of the New World had itself been plundered. The Golden Age of Pirates had begun. Antigua and most of the other Caribbean islands played unwilling host to history's most fearsome pirates and their fabulous captured treasures.

Somewhere in the mists of time, thieves had been introduced to ships - and piracy was born. As long as sailors have been taking valuable cargoes beyond the law's horizon, the buccaneers have been following, cutlass in hand. Pirates hastened the fall of Homer's Greece and they held Julius Caesar to ransom. Medieval sailors found them lurking in the lee of Gibraltar and the narrows of the English Channel. Even now, twentieth-century pirates strike unexpectedly at pleasure cruisers and oil tankers, and the space pirates of tomorrow are already movie characters.

Yet nothing ever suited a pirate better than gold, and it was the Spanish Main that gave birth to the Golden Age of pirates and buccaneers. Tantalizing pirates for two hundred years, the treasure galleons on their stately passage made every Caribbean island a potential isle of pirate treasure.

When all the New World's gold was Spain's, pirates could be national heroes. Sir Francis Drake looted the Spanish Empire for the benefit of Queen Elizabeth's treasury. Jean Fleury did the same for France, and Piet Heyn for Holland. Unlucky ones, like John Oxenham, were hanged as pirates in Spanish colonial ports; the others returned home to knighthoods and acclaim. At first, these freebooters sailed from European ports. Later, as the nations of Europe be...