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2021 St Helena Una and the Lion 5 Ounce Silver Proof

2021 St Helena Una and the Lion 5 Ounce Silver Proof Boxed
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£995.00
From a limited edition of just 300 pieces, this 5oz silver proof Five Pound coin is a new offer from The East India Company. This remarkable coin recreates the reverse design of the gold Una and the Lion Five Pound coin: struck in 1839 and long considered amongst the most beautiful coins in the world. Somewhere between 300 and 500 originals were minted, intended only for collectors. Surviving examples achieve astonishing prices when they come to the market. The design - the work of Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon - features a crowned young woman, holding an orb and directing a lion with her sceptre. It was inspired by an episode in Edmund Spencer’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene but the image can also be said to represent the recently enthroned Queen Victoria, guiding her nation (represented by the English lion). This sought-after design has been remastered by the East India Company for a range of coinage, minted in partnership with the issuing authority of the island of Saint Helena. The reissue mirrors a similar release in The Royal Mint’s Great Engravers series. This Five Sovereigns silver proof piece is struck in 141.75 of .999 fine silver. The coin has a diameter of 65.00 millimetres and face value of £5. This example comes in it is original presentation packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark for Saint Helena, facing left and wearing necklace. Legend: "ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·' with ‘5 POUNDS’ below.

Reverse

Modern remastered version of 1839 Una and the Lion design by William Wyon. Date (2021) in Roman numerals below with East India Company logo. Above: 'DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS'.

Specification

Silver proof Five Ounce coin. Struck in 141.75 grams of .999 fine silver. Diameter: 65.00 millimetres. St Helena coin. Face value: £5 / Five Pounds

Presentation

One of just 300 pieces offered by The East India Company. Comes in original box with numbered certificate of authenticity.

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