Gold Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown

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.

The Mint says about this coin:
Queen Victoria was William Wyon’s most famous subject, and it seems the Queen appreciated his work, telling Wyon that “you always represent me favourably”. When a new portrait was commissioned to celebrate the tenth Anniversary of Victoria’s coronation in 1847, William Wyon, as Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint and with royal approval on his side, was the natural choice. In a break from his previous Neoclassical style, Wyon’s new portrait was influenced by the Gothic Revival of the mid 19th Century.

The 1847 "Gothic Crown" was a work of art, created in a popular new style, issued as a very limited edition of just 8,000 pieces, making it highly coveted by collectors but usually beyond the reach and means of all but a fortunate few. The East India Company is delighted to make it available to the modern collector, faithfully remastered for this 2022 Masterpiece Collection limited-edition Gold Proof 1oz Coin using the human touch of expert hand craftsmanship and the precision of modern minting technology.

Our third coin release of The East India Company Masterpiece Collection originally designed by the famous English engraver William Wyon in partnership with William Dyce highlights the designs in exquisite detail.

William Wyon is regarded as one of history’s great coin designers, his early work synonymous with the Neoclassical, which looked to ancient Greece and Rome for its stylistic cues. So, his design for the 1817 Crown was something of a change of direction, a work of Neo-Gothic art influenced by medieval aesthetics. This can be seen in the original coin, Queen Victoria wearing the St Edward’s Crown that had been worn at royal coronations since the 13th Century, the fashionable long looped plait in Victoria’s hair, and the edge inscription which is engraved in the "Blackletter" style popular in carvings and literature from the Middle Ages, Maybe Wyon’s studies of medieval poetry for his 1839 "Una and the Lion" design had set him on this path, or perhaps it was the Gothic Revival architecture of the new Palace of Westminster being built just along the Thames from his desk at The Royal Mint. Whatever it was that influenced him, the 1847 Crown represents another landmark in William Wyon’s remarkable career.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage200
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown - 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 · FIVE POUNDS ·. 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 · FIVE POUNDS ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown - reverse photo

Within a decorated border, the reverse design represents the three nations brought together by the Act of Union in 1801 and depicts a crowned cruciform (in a cross pattern) shields bearing the three lions passant of England (twice, in positions 1 and 3), the lion rampant of Scotland (2), and the harp of Ireland (4). The shields are contained within a deeply tressured circular panel. In the angles are two roses, a shamrock and a thistle - the national plants of England, Scotland and Ireland respectively. In the centre there is a four-leafed flower.

At centre, a small flag of the Union (commonly known as The Union Jack), surrounded by the Order of the Garter inscribed with its motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (translated from Old French: May he be shamed who thinks badly of it).

Around above, interrupted by St Edward's crown on top of the English shield, the inscription tueatur unita deus - May God guard these United (Kingdoms). Around below, also interrupted by the crown, the date of issue in Latin: anno dom mmxxi - abbreviated from Anno domini MMXXII - Year of Our Lord 2022. As on the obverse, all the lettering is in ornate Gothic style.

Next to the date, 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 tueatur unita deus anno dom mmxxii
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG22GOTGP1OZ
Date of issue: 9 February 2022.
Issue price: £2,995.00

See also

The Gothic Crown design has been issued and re-issued in the following formats:
- Gothic Crown 1847 (the original edition)
- Gothic Crown 1853 (proof only re-issue)
- 10 kg Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 5 kg Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 2 kg Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 10 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 2022
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 2022
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- Five Sovereigns Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 2022
- Double Sovereign Gothic Crown, Saint Helena 2019
- Quarter Sovereign Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 2 kg Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 2022
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 2022
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 2022
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, United Kingdom 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, Alderney 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Gothic Crown, St Helena 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 2022 Gothic Crown: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage200
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-RWML-EMNY
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