Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 2oz Silver Proof Coin

£199.00

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STRICTLY LIMITED TO ONLY 2500 COINS WORLDWIDE

The 19th Century is often described as a ‘golden age’ of coin design, and one of its greatest contributors is William Wyon.

As a young Assistant Engraver he entered the competition to design the new coins for the Great Recoinage of 1816 in an effort to further his career. His submission, The Three Graces, elegantly captured renewed interest in Ancient Greece to tell the story of the recent 1801 Act of Union and the creation of the United Kingdom.

While it didn’t win the competition, a small number of test ‘Pattern Pieces’ were produced which became sought-after as his 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’ is now recognised as one of history’s most beautiful coin designs.

He was a master of his art, and The Three Graces his neoclassic masterpiece. We are proud to make it available to collectors once again as this two-ounce Silver Proof £2 coin, presented in a display case with accompanying booklet and certificate of authenticity.

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The Three Graces: Joy. Beauty. Youth.

Bright Aglaea, the personification of elegance and beauty. Cheerful Euphrosyne, full of joy and laughter. And finally, Thalia, symbol of festivity and the blooming of youth.

Together they are The Three Graces, daughters of Zeus, goddesses of play and creativity, and inspiration to an ambitious young engraver looking to build his reputation.

In 1817, the young William Wyon entered a competition to design the coins for the Great Recoinage. Wyon gave his Three Graces added significance by casting them as England, Scotland and Ireland, three proud nations who had recently come together to form The United Kingdom as a result of the 1801 Act of Union.
He decorated the entwined sisters with familiar national symbols, adding roses, shamrocks and thistles to their crowns and placing a harp, the shield of St George and more thistles at their feet. William Wyon’s Three Graces: three distinct characters, combined in peaceful union.

Specification:
Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 2oz Silver Proof
Alloy: 0.999Ag
Denomination: £2
Weight: 2oz
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Diameter: 45mm
Edge: Milled
Issue Limit: 2500
Total Mintage: 2500

 
 

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