Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II

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 quarter ounce (1/4 oz gold) format, usually denominated as £2.

This coin (denominated as £1 and slightly heavier than a quarter ounce) is part of The 2017 Empire Collection gold proof set issued by The East India Company, which features nine English monarchs, and is dedicated to King Charles II (1685 - 1685).

Charles II's father, Charles I, was executed at Whitehall on 30 January 1649, at the climax of the English Civil War. Although the Parliament of Scotland proclaimed Charles II King on 5 February 1649, England entered the period known as the English Interregnum or the English Commonwealth, and the country was a de facto republic, led by Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell defeated Charles II at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651, and Charles fled to mainland Europe. Cromwell became virtual dictator of England, Scotland and Ireland, and Charles spent the next nine years in exile in France, the Dutch Republic, and the Spanish Netherlands.

A political crisis that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy, and Charles was invited to return to Britain. On 29 May 1660, his 30th birthday, he was received in London to public acclaim. After 1660, all legal documents were dated as if he had succeeded his father as king in 1649.

The Mint says about the set:
“Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade, whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world and consequently the world itself.”
– Sir Walter Raleigh

From its very first voyage in January 1601, until it was dissolved and absorbed into the British Crown in 1874, The East India Company laid the foundation of the British Empire in the East. Overtime "The Company" rose to account for half of the world’s trade including cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and bullion. It had its own army and navy, its stocks were central to London’s financial markets and at one point it ruled over 400 million people. Learn the story of the world’s most famous Company through its coins. The 2019 Empire Collection is a series of nine silver proof coins which tell the story of a band of merchants who created an Empire through the monopoly, privilege and power bestowed on them by the Monarchs that ruled.

By the reign of King Charles II, the company had expanded its trading operations, eclipsing the Portuguese, establishing trading posts in Surat, Madras, Bombay and Calcutta and securing ports off the coast of China. Under Charles II, the company was granted the seven small islands of Bombay and the right to take and rule other territories, to mint money, to command fortresses, to build armies and “make peace and war". The Bombay Mint would be the first mint opened by the East India Company in India, and today it is the site of the India Government Mint in Mumbai.

In Britain tea drinking became fashionable at this time, and the start of a lucrative tea trade began. The design on the set’s coin celebrating Charles II features the portrait of the king taken from his 1668 British silver crown coin.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage500
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·.

Obverse Inscription ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows a laureate portrait of King Charles II of England, facing right; in the background, a tea leaf, a classical building representing the Bombay Mint, and the depiction of an early British colonial coin issued in India (Bombay). Above, the monogram of the king - a letter C overlaid with an inverted letter C (CC abbreviated from Carolus Carolo - Charles, son of Charles).

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

Around right, the inscription CHARLES II - MAKE PEACE AND WAR.

Reverse Inscription CHARLES II - MAKE PEACE AND WAR
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Available in a nine coin set only.

Issued in Set
The 2017 Empire Collection - Monarchs - Gold Proof Set, mintage 500
9 coins: 1/4 oz Gold, Queen Elizabeth I, 1/4 oz Gold, King James I, 1/4 oz Gold, King Charles II, 1/4 oz Gold, King William III, 1/4 oz Gold, Queen Anne, 1/4 oz Gold, King George II, 1/4 oz Gold, King George III, 1/4 oz Gold, King William IV, 1/4 oz Gold, Queen Victoria
See also

A silver one ounce coin with the same design was issued in 2019.

All (15) coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - James I 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William III 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Queen Anne 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - George II 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - George III 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William IV 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Queen Victoria 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rose Crown Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2018 · £25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Una and the Lion 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Rose Crown Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2020 · £25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Una and the Lion 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Napoleon 200th Anniversary 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ST. HELENA · 2021 ELIZABETH II · FIVE POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDGAVP-EXAC-PDDL-OMDY
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