2022 Faerie Queene 5oz Silver Proof Coin


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We are delighted to present ‘Redcrosse and Una’, the first coin in The Faerie Queene Collection, a new series of precious metal coins from the East India Company Collections. Taking inspiration from Edmund Spenser’s epic 16th Century poem, this exclusive new coin series will feature knights, princesses, mythical beasts and magical villains. Their stories of virtue, honour, love and loss will be told through a series of designs by the renowned coin and medal artist, Joel Iskowitz.

As all the best stories should, we begin at the beginning. This first coin captures the moment when Una and Redcrosse first meet, as Redcrosse looks ahead to the quest he has been given by Queen Gloriana; to rescue Una’s parents from the captivity of a terrifying dragon.

That legendary meeting is beautifully captured in this exclusive new design by Joel Iskowitz, whose expressive style reflects the illustrative storytelling of this period in history. The imposing 45mm diameter of this strictly limited edition silver 5oz coin is an ideal canvas for Joel’s design; presented in a luxury case with a certificate of authenticity, its every rich detail is perfectly highlighted by our finest Proof quality finish.


First published in 1590, Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene is a classic work of medieval English literature. At over 36,000 lines long, its six books contain one of the longest poems in the English language, believed to be an allegory for the life of Queen Elizabeth I.

The story begins with a beautiful princess called Una arriving at the court of Queen Gloriana. Una is carrying a suit of armour upon which is painted a red cross, and is seeking the help of a brave knight to rescue her parents from a wicked dragon.

A young peasant boy, keen to prove his worth, volunteers for the task. Una tells the boy that he can try on the armour she carries and, if it fits, she will grant him his wish. Sure enough, it fits him as if it were tailor made. Because of the armour’s distinctive design, Queen Gloriana dubs him ’The Redcrosse Knight’ and Spenser’s epic story begins. Redcrosse and Una set off to face the dragon, a legendary moment captured in elegant detail on this first coin in our new series.


Coin Name: 2022 Faerie Queene 5oz Silver Proof Coin

Alloy: 999AG

Denomination: £5

Weight: 5oz

Issuing Authority: St Helena

Diameter: 65mm

Issue Limit: 500

Total Mintage: 500


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