The Queen’s Virtues
This innovative and thought-provoking collection is released in tribute of the ‘Virtues of a Queen’.
Virtues which, in all our lives, remain today as important as ever.
Issued over three years in gold and silver, the collection features the allegorical personifications of
VICTORY, TRUTH, CHARITY, JUSTICE, COURAGE AND CONSTANCY
The allegorical presentation of the Queen’s six virtues was first presented on the Victoria Memorial, situated outside Buckingham Palace. Designed after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, The Winged Angel of Victory is featured at the very top of the monument and crouched at her feet are the allegorical figures of Courage and Constancy. Courage wears a helmet and bears a club, while Constancy holds a ship’s compass, and both have cloaks swirling out in the breeze. Beneath stand personifications of Justice, Truth and Charity.
Designed and sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock, he described the symbolism of the monument as devoted to the
"qualities which made our Queen so great and so much beloved. “
Each classic allegorical design incapsulates the personification of both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. These virtues are widely acknowledged as principles founded by Queen Victoria in the Victorian Age and are to this day carried forward by Queen Elizabeth II and so remain today the core virtues of the British nation.
Our very first coin in this magnificent collection celebrates the Virtue of Victory. Defined as the success or triumph of overcoming an enemy, it is perhaps the most prominent virtue a Monarch beholds. Victory signals the end of conflict and is a celebration of peace. The Queen as Sovereign is Head of the Armed Forces and is still the only person able to formally declare war and more crucially, an end to conflict.
In ancient Roman religion, Victoria was the goddess who personified Victory, the Roman’s equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike. At the top of the Victoria monument outside of Buckingham Palace in London, in gilded bronze stands a Winged Victory on a globe holding a victors palm. The victors palm represents victory, triumph and peace, a symbol originating from the Middle East.
The very first design in the series features a detailed depiction of the allegorical figure Victory, carrying in her hand the victors palm and surrounded by the text
● VICTORIA ● CONCORDIA ● CRESCIT
‘Victory through Harmony’
Charity, representing the virtue of making charitable efforts to take care of the suffering is the Virtue chosen for coin 3.
This warm design of Motherhood symbolises the virtue of Queen Victoria & Queen Elizabeth II representing both their commitment to their own children and their people, rich or poor.
The Victorian Era saw vast advancements in public health with compulsory schooling for under 10’s as Education came to be regarded as a universal need, and eventually a universal right. Queen Elizabeth II has done more for charity than any other Monarch in history supporting hundreds of British charities and raising £1.4bn during her reign so far.
CHARITY AVAILABLE AUTUMN 2021
IN ● OMNIBUS ● CARITAS ●
‘In All Things Charity’
Released in early 2021, Truth is the second virtue celebrated in The Queen’s Virtues Collection. Our inspiration is the glad-winged figure of Truth, holding a mirror to Nature to reveal the truth, standing in protection of a child bearing a palm-branch and a seated woman searching in a scroll for the truth.
It is said that the Victorian Era set the foundation for the basic principle and importance of being and acting truthfully as a core virtue and it can be directly attributed to Queen Victoria herself. Equally Queen Elizabeth II is known to have a compelling sense of herself as a spiritual being who is a searcher and seeker of truth.
TRUTH AVAILABLE SPRING 2021
VINCIT ● OMNIA ● VERITAS
‘Truth Conquers All’
FIAT ● JUSTITIA ●
‘Let justice be done’
● CONSILIO ● ET ● ANIMIS
‘By wisdom and courage’
INTER ● MUTANDA ● CONSTANTIA
‘Steadfast in the midst of change’