Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William IV, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William IV, Coin from Saint Helena
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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 William IV of the United Kingdom (1765 - 1837).

William IV (William Henry) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. The third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover.

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.

The East India Company continued to rule India with increasing centralisation of power. Parliament reforms and the Industrial Revolution created open markets and machine age goods. The British Empire stretched across most of the world. In an attempt to unify its territories, King William IV introduced a universal currency in India as a statement of power. Most significantly, the company lost its monopoly on Chinese trade, resulting in a “Tea Race” as ships from other companies competed to transport tea via some of the most important eastern trade routes.

The design of the coin features the portrait of William IV taken from his 1835 mohur coin, which was to become the highest denomination coin (gold or otherwise) among the East India Company’s coinage in India.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage500
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William IV - 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 - William IV - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows the portrait of King William IV of the United Kingdom, facing right. On the right, above an olive branch, the image of a Two Mohurs gold coin issued by the East India Company for the colonies in India, depicting a lion and a palm tree.

To the left of the King's 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 WILLIAM IIII - UNIVERSAL CURRENCY.

Reverse Inscription WILLIAM IIII - UNIVERSAL CURRENCY
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 - William IV: 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 IDWMRA-EQPC-AMMJ-OYPL
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