This coin was a recent, and awesome addition to my collection! It is an 1808 East India Company Cash coin, that was onboard the "Admiral Gardner" when it sank.†
The coin was minted in Birmingham, England. On January 25th, 1809, the "Admiral Gardner" set sail through the English channel. Its destination set for Madras and Bengel, India. Only a short time after there journey began, a violent storm hit the Channel just off of Dover. The captain, William John Eastfield, and his crew, tried there best at riding out the storm.†
Sadly, it ran aground the Goodwin sands off of South Foreland. By the next morning, it had sunk. It is unsure how many crew died, but it is estimated that anywhere from three to five drowned. The copper coins that where being hauled were owned by Matthew Boulton, and English manufacturer. Now, they were at the bottom of the sea.†
The ship itself was built in 1796, and commisioned in 1797, where it served twelve years on the open seas. The "Admiral Gardner" was one of three other ships that sank during the storm. The ship was named after Alan Gardner, a British Royal Navy Officer. The East India Compan ( EIC ) estimated the total loss at†¬£21,579.†
The wreck was eventually rediscovered in 1984, and some coins were slavaged in 1985. It is a Protected Wreck, and is managed by Historic England. Now, in 2022, after spending 176 years at sea, and 37 years in the market, it ends up in my hands. This 214 year old relic, is something to behold. The coin is defineltey not that valuable, but the story was worth the money!
The case holding the coin was made in 1994, so it says 186 year old shipwreck coin. It also comes with a certificate of authenticity. You can find more pictures on the actual collection. Such a cool coin!