Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 5oz Gold Proof Coin – SOLD OUT

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STRICTLY LIMITED TO ONLY 30 COINS WORLDWIDE

William Wyon RA was born in Birmingham, England in 1795. His father was an engraver of medals and coins, his uncle a die engraver, and his cousin Thomas held the position of Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint. So it was perhaps inevitable that William would pursue a career in the coin industry.

He produced some of the great coin designs of the Victorian era, particularly his portraits of the Queen herself. His ‘Young Head’ portrait of Victoria captured the youthful beauty of the new monarch, who found it so flattering that she was in her 60s before she allowed it to be replaced on her coins.

When designing a £5 coin to commemorate the first anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation, Wyon took inspiration from Edmund Spenser’s epic medieval poem; The Faerie Queene. The result was one of history’s most beautiful coin designs: William Wyon’s Una & the Lion.

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Details-

Una & the Lion: Poetry, Poise and Power

Una is a princess on a quest to free her parents from a dragon who has imprisoned them. She meets a lion, initially fierce but quickly subdued as he is captivated by Una’s innocence. He becomes her avowed companion, guarding Una and protecting her as she continues her quest.

Wyon cast Queen Victoria as Una, the young Queen just 20 years old. Wyon’s Una wears a crown and carries an orb and sceptre, symbols of monarchy and clues to her true identity. Beside her the mighty lion represents the British Empire, its barely contained power and energy being guided forward by Una. The pair are encircled by the words ‘DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS’, a Latin phrase which translates as “May the Lord direct my steps”.

This strictly limited-edition Gold Proof 5oz Masterpiece Collection edition is presented in a bespoke case, its every detail carefully reproduced by The East India Company using a combination of expert hand craftsmanship and the best of modern minting techniques.

Specification:
Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 5oz Gold Proof Coin
Alloy: 0.999Au
Denomination: £5
Weight: 5oz
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Diameter: 65mm
Edge: Milled
Issue Limit: 30
Total Mintage: 30

 
 

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