Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion, Coin from Alderney - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion, Coin from Alderney
CoinSilver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion

Alderney is one of the Channel Islands (situated in the Channel between England and France), and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey - a British Crown dependency. As such, it is not a sovereign country, but has operated as a quasi-sovereign entity since the Middle Ages. The island has issued commemorative coins since 1989, denominated in the Alderney Pound - which is a variant of the Pound Sterling and is legal tender on the islands, but not in the United Kingdom.

Apart from the British Royal Mint, the island has also authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the very large silver kilo (1 kg silver) format, usually denominated as £100.

This coin is a modern re-interpretation of one of the world’s most beautiful coins, the iconic Una and the Lion Five Pound piece by William Wyon, issued in 1839 for inclusion in the first specimen coin sets of Queen Victoria's reign. It is part of a series by The Commonwealth Mint commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria, issued for Alderney in a variety of formats.

The obverse of the original showed the young portrait of Queen Victoria, also by Royal Mint engraver William Wyon (1795 - 1851). The reverse draws its theme from Edmund Spenser’s epic poem entitled the Faerie Queene, first published in 1590 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and depicts the Queen as Una guiding the British lion. There is a powerful contrast between the restrained energy conveyed by the lion and the peace and grace of the standing figure of Una. The design is an unusual one for a British coin, being too medallic - but then, it was never intended for circulation.

MintCommonwealth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage499
Obverse
Alderney / Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion - obverse photo

The obverse features the crowned mature effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Joel Iskowitz. The Queen faces right, and wears the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation, pearl earrings and a necklace.

The designer's initials JI are incuse on the Queen's shoulder.

Around above, the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II · 100 POUNDS · ALDERNEY C. I. (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Alderney Channel Islands).

Below, the date of issue 2019.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · 100 POUNDS · ALDERNEY C. I 2019
Reverse
Alderney / Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion - reverse photo

The reverse shows the figure of Queen Victoria standing, robed and crowned, holding and orb in her left hand and directing a lion to left, with a sceptre extended in her right hand.

Around aove, the inscription DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS. (translated from Latin: May the Lord direct my steps).

In the exergue, the original date of issue of the design: MDCCCXXXIX. (in Latin numerals: 1839). Around below, the designer's name: W. WYON R.A. (R.A. is th post-nominative of a member of the Royal Academy).

Reverse Inscription DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS. MDCCCXXXIX.
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

400 proof coins plus 99 matte proofs.

See also

The Una and the Lion design has been issued, re-issued and re-interpreted in the following formats:
- Five Pounds Gold 1839 Una and the Lion - the original issue
- 5 kg Gold, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 2 kg Gold, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 1 kg Gold, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- Gold £20 (2.5 oz) Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- 2 oz Gold, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 2 oz Gold, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- Five Sovereigns, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- Five Pounds, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- Five Sovereigns, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- Double Sovereign, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- Sovereign, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- Half Sovereign, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- Quarter Sovereign, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- 2 kg Silver, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, Alderney 2019
- 1 kg Silver, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Una and the Lion, Saint Helena 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bar, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom, undated (released 2021)
- 100 oz Silver Bar, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom, undated (released 2021)
- 10 oz Silver Bar, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom, undated (released 2021)
- 1 oz Silver Bar, Una and the Lion, United Kingdom, undated (released 2021)

Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion: Known varieties
Variety Matte Proof
Images Alderney / Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion / Matte Proof - obverse photo Alderney / Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion / Matte Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 99 (included in total)
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Silver Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion: Details
CountryAlderney
CurrencyAlderney Pound
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Joel Iskowitz
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Total Mintage499
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,000.000 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-MDLZ-ONZB
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