Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 1kg Silver Proof Coin



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Queen Victoria was born in 1819 and became Queen of the United Kingdom in 1837. Her reign covered a period of unprecedented scientific, political, social and industrial advancements, while the British Empire grew to become the greatest the world had ever seen. In 1878 Victoria was granted the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria’s first coinage portrait was created in 1838 by William Wyon, Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint, whose ‘Young Head’ portrait proved so popular with the Queen that it graced the coins of her reign for nearly 50 years. Just one year later, to celebrate the first anniversary of Victoria’s coronation, William Wyon created one of the most iconic coins of the Victorian era: his Una & the Lion.

Una, the courageous heroine princess from Edmund Spenser’s medieval epic The Faerie Queene, is used here to personify the young Queen Victoria, all elegance and grace compared to the barely contained power of the lion at her side, a representation of the British nation under the guiding hand of its new Queen.

It is, without doubt, a Masterpiece.


Una and the Lion: Poetry, Poise and Power

Wyon’s Una & the Lion was created for a celebratory £5 proof coin rather than a general circulation coin, so only a few hundred were ever produced and they soon became highly coveted collectors’ items. Through a combination of expert hand craftsmanship and the latest minting technology, The East India Company is delighted to make this 19th Century classic available to the modern-day collector.

This second edition of our Masterpiece Collection sees Wyon’s original Una & the Lion faithfully remastered down to the finest detail. There is perhaps no better canvas for Wyon’s design than this impressive 100mm coin, the poise of Victoria and the power of the mighty lion brought to life by its stunning proof quality finish. Issued as a strictly limited edition, this Una & the Lion 1kg Silver Proof Coin is presented in a bespoke luxury case accompanied by a certificate which guarantees its authenticity, its quality and its exclusivity.

Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 1kg Silver Proof Coin
Alloy: 0.999Ag
Denomination: £5
Weight: 1kg
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Diameter: 100mm
Edge: Milled
Issue Limit: 70
Total Mintage: 70


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