SMS Emden's Mexican silver (coins)

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SMS Emden's Mexican silver (coins)

Post by Xavier » 22 May 2008 01:29

according to
http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/GermanWW1 ... rSMSE.html
(very bottom of the page)
6429 silver Mexican dollars were recovered from the German cruiser SMS Emden after she was sunk by the Sydney off Cocos Island on 9 November 1914.
some the coins were used later to make a medal
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but, where did Emden took the silver???
I could not find a stop in its cruises pre-war or wartime...

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Re: SMS Emden's Mexican silver (coins)

Post by Peter H » 06 Jun 2008 11:48

Hi

Each ship of the East Asiastic Squadron was given a contingency fund to buy supplies,pay for repairs.

The German Colony in China used Mexican silver dollars for trade with the Chinese.

http://www.thecurrencycollector.com/pdf ... aochou.pdf

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Re: SMS Emden's Mexican silver (coins)

Post by Xavier » 09 Jun 2008 16:28

thanks a lot Peter,
I knew you would be the one to unravel the mistery..!

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Re: SMS Emden's Mexican silver (coins)

Post by Chris Dale » 09 Sep 2008 00:12

...and while we're on the topic of the SMS Emden here's one of her rescue rings. It's currently on display at the Imperial War Museum, London.

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