2021 Saint Helena Three Graces 1 Ounce Gold Proof
William Wyon's memorable 1817 Three Graces design is reproduced on this new Saint Helena release in .999 gold. From an issue of just 400, this One Ounce Gold Proof coin is your chance to own a design masterpiece.
William Wyon: A Great Engraver
The original Three Graces was the work of renown Royal Mint engraver William Wyon (1795- 1851). He is remembered for his impressive output, including the 'Young Head' of Queen Victoria - much loved by the monarch - and the gorgeous Una and the Lion which has recently been reproduced as part of The Royal Mint’s Great Engraver’s series.
Wyon minted the Three Graces design as a pattern coin in 1817, crafting the now legendary design in his spare time between official commissions. It represents an early work of a rightfully renown artist.
A Classically Inspired Design
The reverse of the original pattern coin, reproduced here using time-tested techniques, shows three female figures, representing Ireland, England and Scotland. The implements at their feet are symbols of their homelands: a harp, a thistle and a shield bearing St George’s cross. This charming engraving is an idealised representation of the relationship between the three nations.
William Wyon was inspired by the Neoclassical trend in decorative arts, garbing his Three Graces in classical dress, evoking by this the three charities of ancient Greek mythology: Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia.
A Royal Reproduction
The original Three Graces coin held an effigy of George III on its obverse. On this 2021 issue, this is replaced with a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. This is different to the bust by the same artist that has appeared on circulating coinage since 2015 but is similarly regal.
The legend, around the crowned head reads 'ELIZABETH II · D· G· REGINA· F· D· ST. HELENA' with the date and denomination below: '5 POUNDS · 2021'.
The East India Company
Founded to explore the mysteries of the East, The East India Company is a byword for the Age of Sail and Empire.
Since 2012 The East India Company has been minting coins in partnership with the Issuing Authority of Saint Helena and with the Royal Approval of Queen Elizabeth II. Struck in extremely limited numbers and to an impeccable standard, coins from The East India Company often feature reproductions of sought-after heritage designs and the 2021 Saint Helena Gold Proof One Ounce: The Three Graces is no different in this respect.
You will be able to recognise a Saint Helena 2021 Three Graces by the unique 'EIC' mint mark added by The East India Company to the reverse. This is found just above the harp next to the leftmost figure.
The Masterpiece Collection
This issue is the first in The Company’s new Masterpiece Collection: celebrating the best of historic coinage design. We are keenly awaiting future additions to this exciting new series, though here at The Britannia Coin Company we can't think of a better choice to start with than the Three Graces.
The Saint Helena 2021 Three Graces collection offers William Wyon's elegant design in silver and gold proof with the One Ounce Gold Proof edition among the scarcest and heaviest available.
One Ounce of Glorious Gold
There is no better way to appreciate an engraving like the Three Graces than in finest Gold Proof. The techniques used to produce proof coins ensure that the fine detail of this master-work is reproduced for you to enjoy.
Struck on one ounce (that’s 28.35 grams) of .999 fine gold - the equivalent of 24 carats - your 2021 Saint Helena Gold Proof One Ounce: The Three Graces represents a significant investment in gold and benefits from being VAT free in the UK and European Union.
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