Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 1oz Silver Proof Coin
|Una & the Lion: Poetry, Poise and Power
Wyon framed his Una & the Lion with the Latin phrase ‘DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS’ which translates as “May the Lord direct my steps” in reference to Queen Victoria’s role as head of the Church of England. In further clues to her true identity, Una carries various symbols of monarchy, such as an orb and sceptre. Beside her is a mighty lion, the British Empire’s energy and power seemingly under Una’s control as she guides it forwards with her sceptre.
It is a stunning example of visual storytelling, and while it is now held in the highest regard by enthusiasts, it did initially cause some controversy. Sitting British monarchs were traditionally depicted on their coins in classic positions or poses, for example on a throne or as a portrait. Never before had a current monarch been shown in a narrative setting like this, so it was a bold move by Wyon which paid off when its beauty held sway over any concerns about its concept. It now takes its rightful place in The East India Company’s Masterpiece Collection.
Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 1oz Silver Proof
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 2000
Total Mintage: 2000
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