2021 Napoleon Bee Design 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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THE 2021 NAPOLEON BEE DESIGN 1OZ SILVER PROOF COIN
ONLY 1000 COINS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

Napoleon Bonaparte’s legend is well established. Born in Corsica in 1769, he became Emperor of France in 1804 and conquered much of Europe before finally being defeated at Waterloo in Belgium in 1815.

Perhaps less well known is that, after Waterloo, he was exiled to the topical island of St Helena, at that time under the ownership of the East India Company, where he died in 1821.

Now, to mark the 200th anniversary of his death, we pay tribute to his time on St Helena, and the small but powerful symbol of Napoleon’s mighty Empire: the Golden Bee.

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300 golden bees had been discovered buried in the tomb of Childeric I in 1653 as symbols of immortality. Napoleon, seeking a new icon for his new France, saw this as an opportunity to connect his Empire with the ancient Merovingian dynasty. The humble bee, hardworking, diligent and harmonious, became one of the most important symbols of Napoleon’s reign.

After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo and exile to St Helena in 1815, King Louis XVIII removed or destroyed the visual symbols of Napoleon’s rule, replacing his golden bee with the traditional Fleur de Lys that had come before it.

While his bees faded from view back in France, Napoleon himself lived out the remainder of his days in Longwood House on St Helena until his death in 1821. He was buried under a willow tree in the garden, a simple gravestone marking the spot.

Specification
Coin Name: 2021 NAPOLEON BEE DESIGN 1oz SILVER PROOF
Alloy: 999Ag (Fine Silver)
Denomination: £1
Weight: 1oz
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Diameter: 38.61mm
Issue Limit: 1000
Total Mintage: 1000
Edge: Milled

 
 

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THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN – NAPOLEON BEES
The Golden Bee was a symbol of the harmony and strength of Napoleon’s Empire, so takes its rightful place at the heart of this anniversary coin design. The bee sits beneath the crown used at Napoleon’s coronation in 1804, his interpretation of the ancient crown of Charlemagne that was lost during the French Revolution.

A laurel wreath, symbolic of victory and the Emperors of Ancient Greece, supports the crown and is surrounded by a pattern of bees, highlighted by our Proof quality finish. In the coin’s outer circle, punctuation between Napoleon’s name and the years of his life is provided by one of his bees, and the East India Company mint mark.

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