Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees

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 authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the popular gold ounce (1 oz gold) format, denominated as £5.

This gold ounce coin denominated as £5 is part of a commemorative range marking the 200th Anniversary since the death of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Mint says about it:
Napoleon Bonaparte built an Empire across Europe before defeat at Waterloo in 1815 saw him exiled to St Helena, a peaceful island owned at the time by the East India Company. He lived out his final years on St Helena until his death in 1821. To mark the 200th Anniversary of Napoleon’s death, we pay tribute to his time on St Helena and celebrate the icon that came to symbolise his Empire; the humble but powerful bee.

When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, he was keen to replace the remnants of the fallen Bourbon dynasty, including their emblem, the Fleur du Lys. He learned about the discovery of the tomb of Childeric I, king of the Merovingian Franks, and the 300 tiny gold bees that were found buried alongside his remains as a symbol of immortality. The bee is symbolic of harmony, working together for a bigger cause. Napoleon recognised these characteristics and used the golden bee in his Coat of Arms, coronation robes and on the wallpaper and carpets of his palaces. It was a key icon of an Empire which spread across Europe until Napoleon’ final defeat at Waterloo.

After his death in 1821, Napoleon was buried on St Helena, where he had been living in exile since 1815. His remains were eventually returned to France in 1840, transported by a magnificent cortege upon which, according to newspaper reports, “on both sides hung two velvet imperial mantles, sprinkled with bees".

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage100
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees - reverse photo

The reverse design shows a bee, a symbol of industry and harmony that connected Napoleon Bonaparte’s new Empire to the kings of ancient French history, surrounded by a crowned laurel wreath (symbol of victory) held at the bottom by an orb with a cross on top. In the background, a swarm of bees picked out in proof frosting.

Around above, divided by the crown, the inscription NAPOLÉON BONAPARTE.

Around below, the dates of Napoleon's life 1769 - 1821, followed by the EIC mint mark of the East India Company - the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated. A single bee forms a punctuation point in the coin’s outer circle, positioned opposite the East India Company mint mark.

Reverse Inscription NAPOLÉON BONAPARTE 1769 - 1821
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG21NABGP1OZ
Issue price: £2,995.00

There is another coin with almost identical design, but with Napoleon's N monogram at centre instead of the bee.

See also

Coins issued for Napoleon's 200th Anniversary, in St Helena include:
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon - Bees, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon - Monogram, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon - Bees, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon - Monogram, 2021

All (17) coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Ounce 2020 Una and the Lion 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Masterpiece - Una and the Lion 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Una and the Lion 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2021 The Three Graces 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Monogram 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Modern Chinese Trade Dollar 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Truth 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Queen's Virtues - Charity 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Faerie Queene 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Goddess Hera 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Modern British Trade Dollar 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2022 ·
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Gold Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-XZLW-EYJD
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