Journeys of Discovery - Ferdinand Magellan Silver Coin
  • Journeys of Discovery-Ferdinand Magellan Silver co
  • Journeys of Discovery-Ferdinand Magellan Silver co
  • Journeys of Discovery-Ferdinand Magellan Silver co
  • Journeys of Discovery-Ferdinand Magellan Silver co

Journeys of Discovery - Ferdinand Magellan Silver Coin


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The Ferdinand Magellan 2 oz Fine Silver Coin marks the fourth release in the Journeys of Discovery Coin Collection by New Zealand Mint. This exciting collection celebrates exploration and discovery of the unknown. 

Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521), is recognised as the man who led a fleet of Spanish ships on what is regarded as the ‘first circumnavigation of the world’. This intricate antique-finished, fully and high-relief engraved coin depicts the moment Magellan became fatally involved in a tragic local dispute, in the Philippines on 27 April 1521.The packaging of a protective draw string sack has been designed to model the transport materials used to trade around the globe at that time.

With a worldwide limited mintage of just 2,000 coins, this would make a special gift for coin collectors and inspire intrepid travellers on their own Journeys of Discovery. 

Style Number: 30-00460

Precious Metal:
Silver Coins
2 oz

Technical Specifications

  • Coin Metal: 999 Fine Silver
  • Coin Weight: 2 oz
  • Coin Finish: Antique
  • Coin Diameter: 40mm (Nominal)
  • Coin Edge: Milled
  • Coin Denomination: $5
  • Year of Issue: 2016
  • Coin Mintage: 2,000
  • Effigy: Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • Country of Issue: Niue

Coin Story

Portuguese navigator and explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521) is recognised as the man who, in the early 1500’s, led a fleet of Spanish ships on what is regarded as the ‘first circumnavigation of the world’.

Born in 1480 into a noble Portuguese family, Ferdinand Magellan became a court page in Lisbon following the early death of his parents. He became a skilled sailor and navigator at early age, taking part in the Portuguese expeditions to India and Africa. 

After a disagreement with the King of Portugal in 1517, Magellan successfully enlisted the support of the Spanish royalty for an expedition to reach the Moluccas in Indonesia by sailing westward. King Charles I of Spain wanted a share in the valuable spice trade which at this point in time was controlled by the Portuguese through their eastwards route around Southern Africa.

In September 1519 Magellan left Spain commanding a fleet of five vessels. In spite of bad weather, an attempted mutiny, disease, a lack of provisions and unknown waters, Magellan managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the southern end of South America, straights which now bear his name. Magellan then sailed into a body of water he named the ‘Peaceful Sea’ (the Pacific Ocean), making his way to the Philippines where he was tragically killed on 27 April 1521, after becoming involved in a local dispute between two rival chieftains.

In spite of not making it back to Spain, Ferdinand Magellan’s ambitious expedition proved that the globe could in fact be circumnavigated by sea.


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- Washington State, USA

A fine coin in an excellent series of coins, the aged look to the coins is a departure from many of the brilliant silver coins I have collected, but it just adds further character to these coins.

(Posted on 13 Dec 2017)


Another great coin. Awesome series, wonderful quality, perfect customer service. Looking forward to additional buys.

(Posted on 21 Feb 2016)


As always, awesome coin, great quality as expected from NZ mint, and speedy processing and shipment. Thanks

(Posted on 7 Feb 2016)