Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 5oz Gold Proof Coin
|The Three Graces: Joy. Beauty. Youth.
In the myths and legends of Ancient Greece, The Three Graces were the daughters of the mighty Zeus. From their home on Mount Olympus, Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia would host festive gatherings full of song and laughter, living up to their role as the goddesses of play and happiness. They represent the good things in life; youthful exuberance, elegance, and charm, and like the Muses they could choose to bestow those qualities on mortals too.
In 1816, their inspiration fell upon the young William Wyon, an ambitious engraver who gave the mythical sisters added significance in his iconic design. To mark the recent 1801 Act of Union, which saw the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland come together to form the United Kingdom, he decorated his Graces with the national symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland, and encircled them with the legend ‘Foedus Inviolabile’, meaning unbreakable union.
Over 200 years later that motto still holds true, and Wyon’s design remains a stunning example of neoclassic art.
Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Three Graces 5oz Gold Proof
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 30
Total Mintage: 30
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