2021 Tuvalu 1 oz Silver Black Flag (The Red Flag Fleet)

Ching Shih ('Madame Ching') a.k.a. Cheng I Sao, was a Chinese pirate leader who terrorized the China Seas during the Jiaqing Emperor period of the Qing dynasty in the early 19th century. She commanded over 1800 junks (traditional Chinese sailing ships) crewed by 60,000 to 80,000 pirates:71 – men, women, and occasionally children. Her ships entered into conflicts with several major powers, such as the East India Company, the Portuguese Empire, and the Qing government.

Ching Shih and her crew's exploits have since been featured in numerous books, novels, video games, and films about pirates and their way of life in China as well as in a global context. Based on her influence and achievements as a pirate, which included commanding a vast fleet of around 1,500-1,800 ships crewed by 80,000 sailors during her peak, she is accepted by many as being the most successful pirate in history.

This coin features Ching Shih, the most well-known female pirate in history, and The Red Flag Fleet. Ching Shih had a reputation as a shrewd businesswoman when she met and married the Red Flag Fleet commander, Cheng I. In 1807, when Cheng I died, Cheng I Sao became known as Ching Shih, or Cheng’s Widow, a name that would become synonymous in history with the mighty Red Flag Fleet.

2021 Tuvalu Silver Black Flag (The Red Flag Fleet)

The third release in the popular Black Flag series features Ching Shih and The Red Flag Fleet, a limited mintage of only 15,000, sovereign coin backed by Tuvalu government.

Obverse: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the coin’s weight and fineness, and the 2021 year-date.

Reverse: Features a representation of Ching Shih along with her Red Flag Fleet of ships. The design of a skull is formed from the rough waves of the ocean. The design also features the words "THE RED FLAG FLEET", "BLACK FLAG: CHING SHIH", the weight, fineness, and The Perth Mint's traditional 'P' mint mark.



My 2021 coins, so far:

And here is my 2020 Tuvala Silver Black Flag (Royal Fortune)

Source: Apmex, JM Bullion, SD Bullion, Wikipedia

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