5 oz 2022 Saint Helena Una and the Lion Proof Silver Coin | East India Company
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The Una and the Lion coin, designed by famed artist and engraver William Wyon, was first struck in 1839 and intended to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria of England, following her succession to the throne, in 1837. Originally intended as a collector's piece, the design was met with much critical acclaim and is recognized as one of the most beautifully struck coins in history. The East India Company has reimagined this historical icon on this immaculately designed 5 oz 999 Fine Silver proof coin.
- Ships individually in protective packaging
- Consisting of 5 oz 999 Fine Silver
- Obverse: Features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II created by Jody Clark, Her name and title initials, the artist's initials, along with the name of the issuing country and legal tender value
- Reverse: Features a redesigned version of the iconic Una and the Lion, with Una holding a sceptre accompanied by her fierce lion protector, along with the year of issue, and East India Company mint mark
- Both sides are surrounded by beautiful detailing along the rim and a highly reflective proof finish
The Una and the Lion coin, struck in 1839, and designed by famed artist and engraver William Wyon, was intended to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria of England following her succession to the throne in 1837. Originally intended as a collector's piece, the design was met with much critical acclaim and is recognized as one of the most beautifully struck coins in history.
ABOUT SAINT HELENA
The tiny, isolated Island of Saint Helena is an unlikely candidate as one of the most significant and influential nations in terms of global trade. Yet, when one looks back and examines our collective history, St. Helena repeatedly comes up as an integral component to global trade and commerce. The Island, which spans an area of mere 17 kilometers in length by 10 kilometers in breadth, was seen as an oasis by explorers and conquerors such as the Dutch, Portuguese, and English, all vying for control of the crucial port of call. By 1658 the British claimed the Island for themselves by making it a fortress and a hub for lucrative expeditions to India, China, and the rest of the eastern world. The company reached unprecedented heights of success, accounting for half of the world’s trade, establishing a monopoly in cotton, silk, salt, spices and tea, among many others, contributing to the vast and enormous wealth of the British empire. The Island, which remains a British colony to this day, was a vital component in the rise of the British empire.
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