Description of obverse and reverse
The reverse features a finely detailed image of the bow of the colossal vessel as it steams westward on its tragic maiden voyage. Painted North Atlantic waters seem to shimmer and flow in its wake. The iceberg that sealed Titanic’s fate lurks in the foreground. The commemorative image also features the words “R.M.S. Titanic 2012.”
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Susanna Blunt.
A brief annotation
The Titanic’s ill-fated life began with great fanfare in 1908, when the White Star Company announced its plans to beat all previous records in shipbuilding with a cross-Atlantic steamship unmatched in passenger capacity, luxury, and reliability. Completed in February 1912 and captained by White Star Line admiral Captain E. J. Smith, the 270-metre vessel was longer than four city blocks, more than 53 metres tall, weighed more than 45,000 tons, and comprised ten decks and numerous compartments divided into fifteen bulkheads. Its massive steel bulk was held together by more than 3 million rivets.