2021 Napoleon Bee Design 1oz Silver Proof Coin
|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.
Coin Name: 2021 NAPOLEON BEE DESIGN 1oz SILVER PROOF
Alloy: 999Ag (Fine Silver)
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 1000
Total Mintage: 1000
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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.