Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2022 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 quarter ounce (1/4 oz gold) format, usually denominated as £2.

The Mint says about this coin:
Each year, The East India Company’s celebrated Una and the Lion series invites the world’s great coin designers to re-imagine the ancient legend and give the story of heroic Una and her devoted companion the Lion a fresh, contemporary twist. Their story has been retold for 2022 by designer Glyn Davies. His elegant, determined Una and powerful but poised lion sit facing each other, staring deeply into each others eyes as they ponder the next step on their quest, seeming to communicate their thoughts, hopes and fears through their held gaze. His design captures all the grace, courage and trust of the original story of this brave princess and the mighty beast at her side.

This strictly limited-edition Gold Proof 1/4oz coin is presented in a bespoke case, every detail of Glyn Davies’ design carefully reproduced using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and the best of modern minting techniques.

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.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage499
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion - 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) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 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 · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows mythical heroine Una together with the lion; they sit facing each other and looking into each other's eyes.

Around above right, the inscription · UNA AND THE LION ·; around below, the date of issue · 2022 ·.

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 · · 2022 ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Packaging: in presentation box.
East India Company SKU: FG22UNAGPQOZ
Date of issue: 21 December 2021
Issue price: £645.00

See also

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

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 2022 Una and the Lion: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage499
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerGlyn Davies
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass7.775 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-DZPV-OWQJ
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