Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 2oz Silver Proof Coin
|Una & the Lion: Poetry, Poise and Power
In Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Una is a princess on a quest to free her parents from a dragon. She symbolises innocence and here personifies Queen Victoria. On her journey, Una meets a fierce lion, quickly subdued by Una’s beauty. He becomes her devoted protector, and here represents the British nation.
Together, they embody strength, courage and commitment, and Wyon’s design has subtle similarities to another 19th Century classic.
William Wyon had something of a competitive rivalry with the great Benedetto Pistrucci, best known for his St. George and the Dragon design. Its depiction of St George upon a rearing steed, sword drawn and ready to strike as he looms over a dragon, is all energy and drama. In William Wyon’s Una & the Lion we also see a heroic figure paired with a mighty beast, so perhaps this was in some way Wyon’s response to Pistrucci’s classic, albeit with a more peaceful setting and graceful mood.
Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 2oz Silver Proof Coin
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 1000
Total Mintage: 1000
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