Gold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel

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:
A saving grace, a symbol of luck, a mis-placed charm; the "lucky" Angel coin is re-imagined for the 21st Century with the new 2023 Angel Coin.

19th century Navy captains wouldn’t leave port without an Angel in their purses. Napoleon himself was not beyond its charms and is believed to have carried one everywhere, only to fatefully lose it the day before his final defeat at Waterloo. The legend continued deep into the 20th Century, with American pilots fighting in Vietnam and Iraq flying with a "lucky" Angel in their cockpits.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage100
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 · 5 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 · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 · 5 POUNDS ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel - reverse photo

The reverse design shows an angel, represented as a young winged and robed female walking over the globe, carrying a laurel wreath in one hand and supporting a spear over her shoulder with the other. Behind the angle, sun rays radiating from the centre

The design is surrounded by two laurel branches; around above, the inscription ANGEL is flanked by two bees.

On the globe below, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company - the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated. On the globe below right, the designer's monogram CP, for Chiara Principe.

Reverse Inscription ANGEL
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Coin Name: 2023 Una & Lion Faerie Queene 1oz Gold Proof Coin
East India Company SKU: FG23ANGGP1OZ
Date of issue: January 2023.
Issue price: £2,995.00

The coins have the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, even though they are dated 2023 - in the reign of King Charles III.

All (23) 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 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 Queen Victoria - Gothic 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2022 ·
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 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 Queen's Virtues - Justice 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Faerie Queene - Una and Redcrosse 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Queen's Virtues - Courage 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Queen's Virtues - Constancy 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Modern British Trade Dollar 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Japanese Trade Dollar 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Faerie Queene - Una and the Lion 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 · 5 POUNDS ·
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Gold Ounce 2023 Lucky Angel: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerChiara Principe
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-BRAV-EMDY
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2023 Lucky Angel 1oz Gold Proof Coin
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2023 Lucky Angel 1oz Gold Proof Coin
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