Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinCrown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary

Saint Helena is a small island in the South Atlantic Ocean which is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The currency of the island is the Saint Helena Pound, fixed at parity with the Pound Sterling. The island has been issuing commemorative coinage since 1989, initially mostly in the British Crown format.

The United Kingdom pre-decimal Crown denomination was equal to 5 shillings, which was re-denominated as a 25p coin at decimalisation in 1971. For that reason, commemorative crowns were initially denominated as 25 pence - which was written on the Saint Helena coinage, unlike its British counterpart which for a long time had a tradition of not spelling out the face value on the coin. After 1990, the "Crown" was revived as a commemorative £5 (five pounds) coin in the UK. Saint Helena Crowns have the same specifications and face value as the United Kingdom denomination, but are legal tender in the territory only and not in the UK.

This first Crown coin issued for Saint Helena commemorates the Tercentenary (300th Anniversary) of the British colony on the island.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage110,000
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Obverse
Saint Helena / Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary - obverse photo

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH THE SECOND.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Reverse
Saint Helena / Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a sailing ship flying the flag of the British East India Company, which had a base on the island and owned it from 1659 until 1834.

Around above, the inscription ST. HELENA * TERCENTENARY.

On two line at the centre of the exergue, the face value 25 pence; separated by that, the anniversary dates 1673 and 1973.

Reverse Inscription ST. HELENA * TERCENTENARY 25 pence 1673 1973
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

100,000 copper-nickel coins plus 10,000 silver proofs.

Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof
Images Saint Helena / Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary / Silver Proof - obverse photo Saint Helena / Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary / Silver Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 10,000 (included in total)
Material0.925 Silver
Details

28.28 grams of Sterling Silver. issued in a presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeCrown
Issued1973
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value25 (x Penny)
Total Mintage110,000
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerLeslie Durbin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass27.900 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-WAYZ-EDQG
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1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary Silver Proof Crown
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Crown 1973 Saint Helena Tercentenary: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSaint Helena KM# 5, 5a (Silver Proof)