Gold Ounce 2022 The Rhino, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2022 The Rhino, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Ounce 2022 The Rhino

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 £100.

This premium bullion coin is part of the Cash Coin Collection featuring the Treasures of India, and has The Rhino as a representative of Indian Wildlife.

The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) is also known as the greater one-horned rhinoceros. Its habitat is limited to the Indian subcontinent and southern Nepal. With a shoulder height of up to 185 centimetres and a weight of more than two tons, this rhino is considered the largest among the three Asian rhino species. Like the Java rhinoceros, the Indian rhinoceros is characterised by a single horn on the nose, distinguishing it from the two-horned rhinoceroses of Africa and Asia.

The coins in the series are designed by Nick Martin, based on drawings of the animals by Veronica Mackinnon.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage200
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2022 The Rhino - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 · £100 · 2022 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

The background is patterned with a geometric motif.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · £100 · 2022 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2022 The Rhino - reverse photo

The reverse features a detailed image of an Indian rhinoceros, its head turned to left, against a patterned background.

Around the rim, the inscription ONE OUNCE · CASH · 999.9 GOLD. In this context, "cash" is a reference to the small coins issued by the (original) East India Company in India, denominated as "cash".

In the rim below left, 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 ONE OUNCE · CASH · 999.9 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

Saint Helena "Cash" coins featuring wildlife include:
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - Bengal Tiger, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Peacock, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Cobra, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Rhino, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Cobra, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Rhino, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - Bengal Tiger, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Peacock, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Cobra, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Rhino, 2022

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Gold Ounce 2022 The Rhino: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Total Mintage200
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerVeronica Mackinnon, Nick Martin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-NBKA-OYPL
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