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2022 St Helena 1oz Una & the Lion Silver Proof Coin

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Each year, The East India Company’s celebrated Una & the Lion series invites the world’s great coin designers to reimagine the ancient legend and give the story of heroic Una and her devoted companion the Lion a fresh, contemporary twist.

Their story has been retold for 2022 by designer Glyn Davies. His elegant, determined Una and powerful but poised lion sit facing each other, staring deeply into each others eyes as they ponder the next step on their quest, seeming to communicate their thoughts, hopes and fears through their held gaze. His design captures all the grace, courage and trust of the original story of this brave princess and the mighty beast at her side.

This strictly limited-edition Silver Proof 1oz coin is presented in a bespoke case, every detail of Glyn Davies’ design carefully reproduced using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and the best of modern minting techniques.

UNA & THE LION, Beauty, Strength, & Honour
The legend of Una & the Lion dates back to the 16th Century and Edmund Spencer’s epic medieval poem, The Faerie Queene. Una is a beautiful princess on a quest to rescue her parents from a dragon who has imprisoned them in a tower. She encounters a fierce lion whose rage is subdued as he is captivated by Una’s beauty and innocence. He becomes her faithful companion, forever by her side, protecting her from harm.

The relationship between Una & the Lion and the great coin designers began with the 1839 five-pound piece, produced to mark the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria. It featured a bold neoclassical design by William Wyon, whose Una & the Lion symbolised the young Queen Victoria harnessing the power of the mighty British nation, represented by the Lion.

It is now recognised as one of history’s most beautiful coin designs, a legacy which continues with the East India Company’s annual Una & the Lion Collection.

  • Weight: 1oz
  • Alloy: .999 Fine Silver
  • Diameter: 38.6mm
  • Year: 2022
  • Issuing Authority: St Helena
  • Denomination: 1 GBP
  • Mint: The East India Company
  • Mintage: 1,500
  • Designer: Glyn Davies

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