Gold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof

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 design is the first in The Queen's Virtues Series and represents Victory.

The Mint says about it:
Victory is perhaps one of the most prominent virtues a Monarch can behold. Defined as the success or triumph of overcoming an enemy, Victory is a key element in both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Victory signals the end of conflict and a celebration of peace.

The Queen as Sovereign is Head of the Armed Forces and is still the only person able to formally declare war and more crucially, an end to conflict. Inspired by the six virtues found on the Victoria Memorial situated outside Buckingham Palace, our first design in the series features a detailed depiction of the allegorical figure Victory, carrying in her hand the victor's palm and surrounded by the text VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT (Victory through Harmony).

The allegorical presentation of the Queen’s six virtues was first presented on the Victoria Memorial, situated outside Buckingham Palace. Designed after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, The Winged Angel of Victory is featured at the very top of the monument and crouched at her feet are the allegorical figures of Courage and Constancy. Courage wears a helmet and bears a club, while Constancy holds a ship’s compass, and both have cloaks swirling out in the breeze. Beneath stand personifications of Justice, Truth and Charity.
Designed and sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock, he described the symbolism of the monument as devoted to the “qualities which made our Queen so great and so much beloved".

Victory is said to be the achievement of mastery, success and overcoming an enemy. A key virtue recognised in both Victoria’s and Elizabeth II’s reign Victory holds a position at the very top of the Victoria Memorial monument. In gilded bronze stands a Winged Victory on a globe holding a victor’s palm. The victors palm represents victory, triumph and peace, a symbol originating from the Middle East. In ancient Roman religion, Victoria was a goddess personifying Victory, the Roman’s equivalent of the Greek goddess, Nike.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage250
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof - 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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2021 ·.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2021 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts the allegorical figure of Victory. She is bare breasted and winged, her right hand is raised in a celebratory gesture, and in her left hand she holds a palm frond - as a symbol of victory.

Around left, the inscription VICTORIA · CONCORDIA · CRESCIT - translated from Latin, Victory through Harmony.

Below right, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company; the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated.

Reverse Inscription VICTORIA · CONCORDIA · CRESCIT
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation case, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG21VICGP1OZ
Issue price: £2,995.00

Note that there is a different bullion coin, showing an earlier effigy of the Queen on the obverse, and with an inscription in English on the reverse.

See also

Coins in The Queen's Virtues series issued for Saint Helena include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1/10 oz Platinum Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Charity, 2022
- 10 oz Silver Bullion (Rectangle), The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Charity, 2022

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 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof: 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 Mintage250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-RLRL-OMNY
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