Gold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion

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 coin is part of the Una and the Lion range by The East India Company.

The legend of Una and the Lion dates back to the 16th Century and Edmund Spencer’s epic medieval poem, The Faerie Queene. Una is a beautiful princess on a quest to rescue her parents from a dragon who has imprisoned them in a tower. She encounters a fierce lion whose rage is subdued as he is captivated by Una’s beauty and innocence. He becomes her faithful companion, forever by her side, protecting her from harm. The relationship between Una and the Lion and the great coin designers began with the 1839 five-pound piece, produced to mark the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria. It featured a bold neoclassical design by William Wyon, whose Una and the Lion symbolised the young Queen Victoria harnessing the power of the mighty British nation, represented by the Lion. It is now recognised as one of history’s most beautiful coin designs, a legacy which continues with the East India Company’s annual Una and the Lion Collection.

The mint says about the 2023 edition:
"This powerfully elegant 2023 design by Glyn Davies captures the inseparable bond and unwavering courage of Una and the Lion, giving equal prominence to these two legendary characters. The design’s Art Nouveau influences beautifully emphasise the fantastical nature of Spenser’s epic poem and the steely determination of the brave princess and mighty beast at her side."

The 2023 edition is the first in the Una and Lion coin collection to feature the portrait of King Charles III by Glyn Davies, who is thus in the relatively rare position of having designed both sides of the coin.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage 200
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King Charles III facing left.

In tiny letters on the neck truncation, the artist's initials: GD (for Glyn Davies).

Around, the monarch's legend and the face value: CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin, the legend means: Charles the Third, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows mythical heroine Una together with the lion; they sit next to each other, and she has her hand on the lion's neck; with her other hand, Una holds a spear. In the background, the rising sun.

Around above left, the inscription · UNA AND THE LION ·; around below, the date of issue · 2023 ·.

Below left in the rim, 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 · UNA AND THE LION · · 2023 ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG23UNAGP1OZ
Release date: 21 April 2023.
Release price: £2,795.00

See also

Coins featuring the Una and the Lion theme and issued for Saint Helena include:
- Five Sovereigns Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 kg Silver Antique, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 2 oz Silver Antique (Ultra High Relief), Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024

All (36) 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Mary Gillick Portrait 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Queen Elizabeth II - Arnold Machin Portrait 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Queen Elizabeth II - Raphael Maklouf Portrait 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Queen Elizabeth II - Ian Rank-Broadley Portrait 70 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 Modern 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 ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Saint George and the Dragon 200 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion 200 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Modern United States Trade Dollar 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Boston Tea Party 250 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Britannia Memorial 250 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Ounce 2024 Faerie Queene - Redcrosse and the Dragon 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Gold Ounce 2024 Una and the Lion 200 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Gold Ounce 2024 Goddess Cybele 600 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Gold Ounce 2024 Lucky Angel 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
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Gold Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyKing Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage200
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerGlyn Davies
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-KYRY-OMNY
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Copyright: The East India Company
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