Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 1oz Gold Proof Coin


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William Wyon is undoubtedly one of history’s greatest coin designers. Born in England in 1795, his father was an engraver of medals and coins, his uncle a die engraver, and his cousin Thomas was Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint from 1815 until his untimely death in 1817. So it was perhaps inevitable that young William would pursue a career in the coin industry too.

As a 22-year-old Assistant Engraver he created his neoclassical masterpiece: The Three Graces. While it never went into production, around 50 test ‘Pattern Pieces’ were produced which became collectors’ items as Wyon’s reputation grew. His ‘Young Head’ portrait of Queen Victoria graced the coins of her reign for nearly 50 years, while his ‘Una and The Lion’ remains a favorite of East India Company Bullion collectors to this day.

William Wyon’s Three Graces is early evidence of a remarkable talent, a Masterpiece now available to the contemporary collector as this delicate, strictly limited 1oz Gold Proof coin.


The Three Graces: Joy. Beauty. Youth.

In the mythical stories of Ancient Greece, The Three Graces were the daughters of the mighty Zeus, goddesses of Mount Olympus. They represent the good things in life: laughter, festivities, elegance and youthful exuberance.

The early 19th Century saw a renewed interest in the Classics, and William Wyon captured the zeitgeist by using The Three Graces to tell the story of The 1801 Act of Union, which saw the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland combine to form The United Kingdom.

At the mythical sisters’ feet, Wyon placed the national symbols of Scotland, England and Ireland; a thistle, a shield bearing the flag of St George and a harp. He decorated their crowns with shamrocks, roses and further thistles. And around the entwined goddesses he added the motto “Foedus Inviolabile’, meaning ‘unbreakable league’, a motto that holds true to this day as The Three Graces becomes the first issue in our strictly limited-edition Masterpiece Collection.

Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 1oz Gold Proof Coin
Alloy: 0.999Au
Denomination: £5
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Diameter: 32mm
Edge: Milled
Issue Limit: 400
Total Mintage: 400


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