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2019 Great Engravers Una And The Lion Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin

2019 Una and the Lion 5 Ounce Gold Proof Great Engravers Reverse

Buy a 2019 Great Engravers Una And The Lion Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin

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5oz gold proof Una and the Lion coin from a highly sought after limited edition mintage of just 65 pieces. Among the most highly sought after modern British coins of all time, this beautiful piece is the first release in The Royal Mint's blockbuster Great Engravers series which offers exclusive coinage modelled on the great numismatic designs of the past. So far, the Great Engravers collection has focused on the work of William Wyon who was Chief Engraver to the Mint in the early nineteenth century. He designed Una and the Lion for a gold Five Pound coin in 1839, included in the first specimen sets issued in the reign of Queen Victoria. The design would have been paired with the artists Young Head of the new Queen and shows Victoria in the guise of Lady Una, a character in Edmund Spencer's epic The Faerie Queene. The young woman guides a lion with her sceptre, interpreted as the lion of England making a clear statement about Victoria's reign. Very few of the original 1839 coins were struck but this 2019 version gives collectors the opportunity to enjoy Wyon's masterpiece, remastered with the benefit of twentieth century minting technology. This five ounce example is among the most exclusive of the range. It's composed of 156.30 grams of 999.9 (24 carat) gold and has a diameter of 50.00 millimetres. The obverse which shows Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II denotes the face value of this piece as £500 / Five Hundred Pounds. It comes in its original Royal Mint presentation case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Gold proof 5oz Una and the Lion Great Engravers coin from The Royal Mint.

William Wyon's Una And The Lion

Said to be one of the most beautiful coins in the world, the 'Una and the Lion' gold Five Pound was originally struck in 1839. These historic coins achieve spectacular prices when they come to the market but why were they issued? And who's Una?

This gold Five Pound was designed to be part of the first specimen set, issued during the reign of Queen Victoria. It was created by an artist at the height of his powers: William Wyon, then Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint.

In an interesting move he choose to depict the young queen - then still in her twenties - as a character from an epic poem called The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer. The reverse of the Five Pound shows Victoria in the guise of Lady Una guiding a lion who represents England. This was paired with Wyon's 'Young Head' portrait of the Queen to the obverse.

The Royal Mint's Great Engravers

Like other famous coinage designs by William Wyon, original Una and the Lion coins are hard to get hold of. Now, this famed design is available to a wider audience with The Royal Mint's Great Engravers series.

This collection takes inspiration from the past, reproducing great British coinage designs using 21st century production techniques to remaster historic dies. 

The series so far featured hi-lights from William Wyon's career, starting with Una in 2019 then moving on to an earlier design, his Three Graces, created in 1817 for a pattern coin. 2021 saw the first in a two part release celebrating Wyon's 1847 Gothic Crown. All of these reissues have been phenomenally successful, prompting similar releases from the East India Company as well as much speculation about the next release.

Buy A Gold 5oz Una And The Lion Coin

The Royal Mint issued Una and the Lion coins in a range of metals and denominations in 2019. The most exclusive and coveted, of course, were the gold coins, offered in extremely limited numbers.

Just 65 gold five ounce UK Una and the Lion coins were issued in 2019.

The 5oz coin is composed of 156.30 grams of 24 carat (999.9) gold. This piece has a diameter of 50.00 millimetres and a face value of £500 / Five Hundred Pounds. The value appears on the obverse alongside a portrait of Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

This scarce example comes in its original presentation packaging and capsule from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.

Sell Your Una And The Lion Coin

We're interested in buying 2019 Una and the Lion coins in gold and silver as well as other limited edition coins in the Great Engravers series. Visit our Sell Your Coins page for more info on how to get a personalised quote for your collectibles that puts cash in your hands fast.


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