Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 2oz Gold Proof Coin
|The Three Graces: Joy. Beauty. Youth. |
When designing his Three Graces, William Wyon reflected an early 19th Century rebirth of interest in Ancient Greece and the Classics by using Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia to represent England, Scotland and Ireland. The 1801 Act of Union had seen the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland combine to form the United Kingdom, and William cast the mythical sisters as the three proud nations, decorating them with recognisable national symbols.
He added thistles, roses and shamrocks to their hair, while at their feet you can see a shield bearing the flag of St George, an oversized thistle, and a harp. The Three Graces became more than daughters of Mighty Zeus, ancient goddesses known to personify joy, beauty and youth. Wyon gave them a contemporary relevance, evidence of his talent for storytelling that continued to influence his work throughout his life, notably in his beautiful Una and The Lion.
Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 2oz Gold Proof
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 250
Total Mintage: 250
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