Whatever you call him, there is no denying the appeal of the legendary Ned Kelly, who fabricated his own suit of plate armor and led his armoured gang against all authorities. This truly rare (mintage 750) 2 troy ounce pure silver proof commemorates the death of outlaw and folk hero Ned Kelly in full color and ultra high medallic relief! Ned Kelly is a national hero in Australia, a household word; every Australian knows the story of the ultimate bushranger and his gang. Such is his fame that he's well-known even in North America.Americans can certainly identify with the independent spirit and anti-authoritarian attitude of this most famous of all Australian outlaws, who reminds one of Jesse James. Like Jesse James, Ned Kelly rode at the head of a gang named for himself. Like the James Gang, the Kelly Gang had the sympathy of ordinary folks and could live off the land. And like Jesse James, Ned Kelly is to this day considered a hero by some and a villain by others. One reason for Ned's fame is undeniably the incredible suits of plate armor he and his fellow gang members wore for protection during their final battle with the law. Large, heavy nearly 100 pounds of cast iron each! And elaborate, each suit included a head-enclosing helmet.
All four suits of armor are still in existence, with Ned Kelly's personal suit one of the most important artifacts of pre-Commonwealth Australia in existence! The concept of bullet-proof plate armor worn by a desperado was memorably adopted by director Sergio Leone in the archetypal Spaghetti Western film. The first of a three-film trilogy in which Clint Eastwood stars as The Man with No Name. " After a shootout and siege with colonial police, in which the other three members of his gang were killed, Ned Kelly went to the gallows with the words "Such is life on his lips.
Struck from two full troy ounces of 99.9% pure silver, this coin spans 55 mm (more than 2 inches)! As such, it's the perfect canvas for a true a masterpiece of numismatic art. Struck in medallic high relief, the main image portrays Ned in his famous armour in realistic hues. Capturing the last chapter of the Ned Kelly story perfectly, the other vignettes show the Kelly Gangs last stand at the Siege of Glenrowan, and Ned in irons at the Old Melbourne Gaol, where he was hanged in November 1880. Each coin is encapsulated and handsomely presented in a solid wood presentation case, with individually numbered certificate and full color outer box.The total mintage is just 750, so don't miss outget your Ned Kelly 2 Oz Silver Proof at our introductory low price! Please see the presentation lower on this page for an extensive biography of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang. Image of the certificate is mint-supplied and intended for general reference only. Serial numbers on images are NOT indicative of the serial number you will receive! The main image portrays Ned in his famous armour in realistic hues.
Capturing the last chapter of the Ned Kelly story perfectly, the other vignettes show the Kelly Gangs last stand at the Siege of Glenrowan, and Ned in irons at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Beautifully minted in both frosted cameo proof finish and full color with ultra high relief. The legend NED KELLY and the date 1880 denote the theme.Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome, solid wood presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color, outer cardboard box. An individually numbered, full-color certificate of authenticity is included. The Outlaw Ned Kelly - A Brief Biography. Born in the mid-1850s as the first son of John Kelly (an Irish convict) and his wife Ellen, Ned Kelly seems to many to have been destined to live outside the law - and to die at its hands. There are no records of Ned's birth or baptism (his family was Roman Catholic), so his exact date of birth is unknown. Authorities later estimated his time of birth as June, 1854, though Ned is said to have believed he was born around June, 1855. Growing up with the perhaps not unreasonable belief that his family was deliberately targeted and harassed by the police, Ned was at odds with the authorities from a very early age. Coming to the attention of the police in his early teens as a result of minor assault and theft charges, Ned gained significant notoriety in 1870, when accused of being an accomplice of the infamous bushranger, Harry Powell.
Although that charge was not proved in court, Ned was soon in custody again, ultimately spending most of the next few years in jail for a variety of offenses, including assault and horse stealing. Is an Australian term for a highwayman or outlaw capable of surviving independently in the extremes of the Australian bush. Involved with the family's cattle-rustling operation of the late 1870s, Ned's transition from minor criminal to fully-fledged bushranger was triggered by the incident with Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick in April, 1878. The trooper, who was later dismissed from the force for misconduct, claimed that the Kellys and associates, including Ned, had attacked him at the Kelly home, and that he had been shot in the wrist.
The Kellys argued that this version of events was completely false and fabricated. They claimed that Ellen had struck Fitzpatrick with a coal shovel after he made a pass at Ned's sister Kate, that no guns were drawn on Fitzpatrick, and that Ned was actually in New South Wales at the time! This was to no avail, and Ellen Kelly and two Kelly associates were sent to jail for assisting in the attempted murder of a police officer. Judge Redmond Barry, overseeing the case, stated that had Ned been present at the trial, he would have given him a very lengthy jail sentence. With a reward now on their heads, Ned and his brother Dan took to the bush, where Joe Byrne and Steve Hart soon joined them.
The list of crimes attributed to Ned was soon to include murder. The Kelly Gang confronted a well-armed police search party, shooting Sergeant Kennedy, Constable Lonigan and Constable Scanlon dead at Stringybark Creek. Following their deaths, the Parliament of the State of Vitoria passed a most unusual piece of legislation, the Felons' Apprehension Act, giving ordinary members of the public the right to shoot any of the Kelly Gang on sight! Following the gang's two notorious bank robberies, in Euroa, Victoria, and Jerilderie, New South Wales.Having secured a significant haul from the two raids, however, the Gang disappeared from view for well over a year, until June, 1880only to reappear to perpetrate the murder of one-time friend turned alleged police informant, Aaron Sherritt. Regardless of whether Sherritt was actually a police informer, or whether (as has been argued) he was made to appear like one in an attempt to bring the gang out of hiding, Joe Byrne and Dan Kelly went to Sherritt's house in June, 1880 and killed him in revenge for his perceived betrayal.
A day later, with Ned seemingly determined to make a stand rather than take flight, the gang arrived in Glenrowan and promptly took around seventy people hostage in the hotel. It was to be here that the Kellys' last stand would take place, and where the Gang's famous suits of armor (thought to have been home-made from stolen or donated farm plows) would make their first and only appearance in battle.Clad in the bulky iron suits (Ned's was the heaviest, weighing just under 100 pounds), the four bushrangers were besieged by police at the Glenrowan Inn before dawn on 28 June 1880. An informer had warned senior police that the Kelly Gang would be wearing armor, but this report was dismissed out of hand as being patently ridiculous. When bullets simply bounced off Ned's plate armor (which was effective in stopping all bullets fired at it), the troopers, who could not conceive that the outlaws would be wearing such heavy armor, wondered aloud what manner of supernatural being the imposing, bulletproof figure in the mist might be. Although effective, the suit's composition of breastplate, back plate, helmet and groin apron left other body parts exposed. Ned was struck in the foot and arm, but continued toward police until brought down by bullets striking his exposed legs, at which point he was captured.
Joe Byrne, whose suit lacked an apron, bled to death rapidly after being struck in the groin (femoral artery) by a bullet. An eyewitness report states that Dan Kelly and Steve Hart both committed suicide in the hotel before they could be taken by the police. One policeman suffered a minor wrist injury, whilst several of the hostages suffered gunshot wounds, two dying as a result. Although hit by gunfire a great number of times, Ned survived and was transported back to Melbourne to stand trial. Tried before the same judge, Redmond Barry, Ned was sentenced to hang to death for the murder of Constable Lonigan at Stringybark Creek.
Judge Barry himself would die of an infected carbuncle or boil on his neck twelve days after Ned's hanging. News of the sentence triggered an extraordinary outpouring of support for Ned, with a petition to have the death sentence commuted signed by tens of thousands of people. With these pleas falling on the deaf ears of the authorities, Ned Kelly was led to the gallows at Melbourne Jail on 11 November 1880.Allegedly uttering the words, "Such is life, " before the trapdoor swung open, Ned did as his mother Ellen had implored him to do during her final visit to her son the day before, to die like a Kelly. In the 140 years since Ned's death, the Kelly Gang's brief war against authority has been immortalized in art, literature and film, with Ned clad in his suit of iron one of the most recognizable images of Australian history. Although opinions of Ned are split sharply - to some a working class hero and a symbol of national pride, and to others simply a cold-blooded murdererthe legend of Ned Kelly is woven deeply into the fabric of Australian culture.
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