The Royal Mint has received an overseas delivery of 48 tonnes of silver – 70 years later than expected.

Royal Mint takes delivery of 48 tonnes of silver salvaged from site of WWII shipwreck. Deep-sea explorers discovered the SS Gairsoppa three miles beneath the surface after it was torpedoed during World War Two

The Royal Mint has received an overseas delivery of 48 tonnes of silver – 70 years later than expected.

Depleted of enough stock during World War Two to make coins, Britain was reliant on silver from the war ship SS Gairsoppa but hit by a U-boat torpedo, she never docked in port to make her precious delivery.

 

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