This week, the Coin Adventurer visits the pirate haven of... Tampa, Florida?
Tampa is home to the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which started in 1904. It's the oldest pirate festival in the world, and the 3rd largest parade in the United States. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla graciously lent us their pirate ship, the 165-foot long José Gasparilla, as a backdrop for today's review of the "Real Pirates of the Caribbean" proof silver coin set. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Elf-nKcXo?rel=0]
This proof silver colorized coin set has highly-detailed portraits of four real-live pirates: Blackbeard, Bartholomew Roberts, "Calico Jack" Rackham, and the "King of Pirates" Henry Avery. The coins come housed in a wooden pirate chest, and include a silver "skull and swords" necklace, making for the perfect centerpiece for a pirate-themed party, or a nautically-inspired den or office.