Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 5oz Silver Proof Coin


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William Wyon is today widely regarded as one of history’s great coin designers; along with Benedetto Pistrucci he is perhaps the defining engraver of the 19th Century. At just 22 years old he created ‘The Three Graces’; now recognised as a neoclassical masterpiece and an early example of his remarkable talent, it was the first coin issued in The East India Company’s Masterpiece Collection.

From there Wyon’s career flourished, the growth of his reputation intrinsically linked to the reign of his most famous subject: Queen Victoria. His iconic 1838 ‘Young Head’ portrait of the new Queen graced the coins of her reign and Empire for nearly 50 years. Just one year later he daringly cast Victoria as a courageous literary heroine in what is now recognised as one of the most beautiful coins the world has ever seen; Una & the Lion.

This limited-edition Silver Proof £5 coin is the perfect canvas for Wyon’s classic Una & the Lion, available to a few fortunate collectors in a luxurious presentation case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.



Una & the Lion: Poetry, Poise and Power

William Wyon’s Victorian designs are some of history’s finest examples of coin design, none more so than his stunning 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, itself a representation of the British nation under the guiding hand of its new Queen.

The design was produced for a £5 coin celebrating the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria, and quickly became highly popular with collectors. Only a few hundred were made by The Royal Mint, a fact that has kept it out of reach of most modern collectors. This faithful remaster is the second issue in our Masterpiece Collection, created by the expert craftsmanship and modern minting techniques of The East India Company to offer modern day collectors the chance to enjoy the beauty and grace of this Victorian classic.

Coin Name: Masterpiece 2021 Una & the Lion 5oz Silver Proof Coin
Alloy: 0.999Ag
Denomination: £5
Weight: 5oz
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Diameter: 65mm
Edge: Milled
Issue Limit: 300
Total Mintage: 300


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