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Pirates of the Caribbean Films (2003-2011)
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The Walt Disney Pictures "Pirates of the Caribbean" films show several different types of "pirate" coins,
including some modern and fantasy ones.
 
The films were inspired by the popular Disney amusement park attraction.
 
The films star Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, a pirate captain who engages in traditional pirate activities,
wenching, swordfighting, and treasure hunting.
 
The films also have supernatural themes, including zombies and ghosts.
 
Jack wears the traditional 17th century gentleman's clothes and also wears various coins,
including a modern Burma Pya coin.
 
Copies of some of the props can be found in many places due to the popularity of the films.
 
The first film, "Pirates of the Caribbean Films, The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003)
introduced the series.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
1. Title
 
The film begins with a burning shipwreck.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
2. Burning wrecks
 
Eliabeth, the governor's daughter, takes a pendant from a young man rescued from the water.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
3. Elizabeth wears pendant
 
The pendant is later sometimes referred to as an "Aztec coin".
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
4. Pendant obverse
 
The obverse design includes a skull and modified astrological symbols.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
5. Pendant reverse
 
The reverse design is simpler.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
6. Captain Jack Sparrow appears
 
He wears a headdress which includes some attached coins.
 
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7. Jack wearing head gear with assorted coins
 
The coin on the left is a modern Burma Pya coin.
The coin on the right is a Panama Balboa coin.
 
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8. A clearer picture of the Burma Pya coin
 
The coin is a Burma 5 Pyas coin made in the 1950's.
 
A Burma 5 Pyas coin dated 1956:
 
Burma 5 Pyas 1956
9. Burma 5 Pyas 1956
 
Obverse: Burmese lion facing left
Reverse: 5 Pyas 1956 in Burmese script
Copper-nickel, 20mm, 3.25gm, scalloped edge
 
Jack arrives and throws down three British shillings to dock his small boat.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
10. Three British shillings on account book
 
The coins are prop coins with a shilling reverse design used off and on from 1707 to 1763
(Queen Anne to George III).
 
Will Turner appears, he is a blacksmith and Elizabeth's lover.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
11. Jack and Will
 
Jack wants to get his ship back; it was taken by another pirate, Barbossa.
 
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12. Captain Barbossa
 
Barbossa and his crew are "undead", existing under a curse brought about by a chest of
"Aztec treasure" which they stole several years earlier.
The men and a monkey cannot be killed and cannot enjoy life.
The crew needs to perform a ritual to remove the curse.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
13. Aztec treasure chest
 
The chest has ancient Aztec or Mexican Indian symbols.
 
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14. Treasure coins
 
The coins appear to be standard prop gold doubloons.
 
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15. Treasure coins closer view
 
Things are resolved, the curse is lifted, Will and Elizabeth join together, and Jack gets his ship back.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean - Black Pearl
16. Jack sailing with a compass
 
Or is he really a modern Pirate?
 
Cast:
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann
Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner
 
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert
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