2021 Napoleon Bees 1oz Gold Proof Coin
|When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, he was keen to replace the remnants of the fallen Bourbon dynasty, including their emblem, the Fleur du Lys. He learned about the discovery of the tomb of Childeric I, king of the Merovingian Franks, and the 300 tiny gold bees that were found buried alongside his remains as a symbol of immortality.
The bee is symbolic of harmony, working together for a bigger cause. Napoleon recognised these characteristics and used the golden bee in his Coat of Arms, coronation robes and on the wallpaper and carpets of his palaces. It was a key icon of an Empire which spread across Europe until Napoleon’ final defeat at Waterloo.
After his death in 1821, Napoleon was buried on St Helena, where he had been living in exile since 1815. His remains were eventually returned to France in 1840, transported by a magnificent cortege upon which, according to newspaper reports, “on both sides hung two velvet imperial mantles, sprinkled with bees.”
Coin Name: 2021 NAPOLEON BEES 1oz GOLD PROOF
Alloy: 9999 Au (Gold)
Weight: 1 oz
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 100
Total Mintage: 100
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|THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN – NAPOLEON BEES
The Bee was a key icon of Napoleon’s Empire, so it takes centre stage on this anniversary coin. The design captures the natural beauty of this symbol of industry and harmony that connected Napoleon’s new Empire to the kings of ancient French history.
Elsewhere, a swarm of bees is picked out in Proof frosting while a single bee forms a punctuation point in the coin’s outer circle, positioned opposite the East India Company mint mark.