The Dread Pirate Bartholomew Roberts!
In the early 1700s piracy was a huge problem throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic seaboard of the US. One pirate who was particularly feared was Bartholomew Roberts, aka Black Bart, aka Dread Pirate Roberts. He voyaged up and down the coast sacking defenseless villages and raiding vessels. In the real world he was killed off Cape Cod in 1722, and good riddance. But Roberts’ exploits were loosely alluded to in the motion picture “A Princess Bride”, wherein the “Dread Pirate Roberts” was more of a franchise than a person.
And so… with tongue firmly in cheek…………………..
9 grammes of Pure Copper
Pirate Bartholomew Roberts on front
Pirate skull on reverse
This is absolutely top-drawer artisanal work, using real metals and antique methods, not mass produced. These are pressed to shape using an antique 150 ton knuckle press and hand-carved steel dies. The coin is done in very high relief, the intent to create a coin such as might have been commissioned by a pirate who had captured a lot of copper bars and wanted to get his name and image out into the public eye… so as to create the proper fear and respect.
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