Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) was a Portuguese explorer who discovered an ocean route from Portugal to the East. He sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, on July 8, 1497, heading to the East. At the time, many people thought that his trip would be impossible because it was assumed that the Indian Ocean was not connected to any other seas. Da Gama rounded Africa’s Cape of Good Hope on November 22, and continued on to India, arriving in India on May 20, 1498. This beautiful silver coin was issued by authority of the government of the Isle of Man and has a legal tender value of 1 Crown. Minted in 1998, it is part of the Explorer series and features the bust of Vasco da Gama, an African map, and a ship, on the reverse. This coin comes in a mint issued display case with a Certificate of Authenticity.