In 1839, the Royal Mint of England issued a groundbreaking design that reimagined the monarch of England. Designed by William Wyon, the new 5 Pound sterling gold coin featured a classic bust of Queen Victoria on the obverse, with an effigy of Queen Victoria as Una on the reverse. Now, 2021 2 oz Silver St. Helena Una and The Lion Coins are available to you for purchase online from Silver.com.
- Coins arrive inside individual acrylic capsules!
- First release of a 2 oz silver option in the Una and the Lion Series!
- Mintage limited to 1,000 coins only!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of 2 Pounds by St. Helena.
- The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II.
- On the reverse is Queen Victoria reimagined as Una with a powerful lion by her side.
The Una and the Lion design from the Royal Mint’s 1839 5 Pound sterling gold coin was groundbreaking in its day. It represented the first time a monarch had been portrayed as a fictional character on a British coin. The design was inspired by Edmund Spenser’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene.
In The Faerie Queene, Una is eventually accompanied on her journey by a powerful lion. The depiction of Queen Victoria on coinage as Una with a lion shows off the monarch as the leader of the kingdom, with the lion itself representing England.
The obverse of 2021 2 oz Silver St. Helena Una and The Lion Coins features a right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty features here in the popular fifth-generation design from the Royal Mint that was created in 2015 by Jody Clark. In this design, the Queen wears the George IV State Diadem Crown, a piece from the Crown Jewels that was commissioned in 1820, just 17 years before Queen Victoria ascended to the throne.
On the reverse side of 2021 2 oz Silver Una and The Lion Coins is a modern reimagining of Queen Victoria as Una from The Faerie Queene. In this design, Queen Victoria cuts a confident figure as she stands with a scepter in her right hand and rests her left hand on the mane of a roaring lion that defends her.
These 2021 2 oz Silver St. Helena Una and the Lion Coins are available to you for purchase with protective capsules. Each coin is available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and represents the first offering a 2 oz silver bullion coin in this collection.
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