Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinPlatinum Tenth-Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory

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 platinum one tenth of an ounce (1/10 oz) format, usually denominated as £10.

This design is the first in The Queen's Virtues Series and represents Victory.

The Mint says about it:
Victory is perhaps one of the most prominent virtues a Monarch can behold. Defined as the success or triumph of overcoming an enemy, Victory is a key element in both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Victory signals the end of conflict and a celebration of peace.

The Queen as Sovereign is Head of the Armed Forces and is still the only person able to formally declare war and more crucially, an end to conflict. The allegorical presentation of the Queen’s six virtues was first presented on the Victoria Memorial, situated outside Buckingham Palace. Designed after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, The Winged Angel of Victory is featured at the very top of the monument and crouched at her feet are the allegorical figures of Courage and Constancy. Courage wears a helmet and bears a club, while Constancy holds a ship’s compass, and both have cloaks swirling out in the breeze. Beneath stand personifications of Justice, Truth and Charity. Designed and sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock he described the symbolism of the monument as devoted to the “qualities which made our Queen so great and so much beloved".

Victory is said to be the achievement of mastery, success and overcoming an enemy. A key virtue recognised in both Victoria’s and Elizabeth II’s reign Victory holds a position at the very top of the Victoria Memorial monument. In gilded bronze stands a Winged Victory on a globe holding a victor’s palm. The victors palm represents victory, triumph and peace, a symbol originating from the Middle East. In ancient Roman religion, Victoria was a goddess personifying Victory, the Roman’s equivalent of the Greek goddess, Nike.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Saint Helena / Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory - 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 · 2021 · £10 · 1/10th OUNCE 999.5 PLATINUM ·.

Note that the face value is abbreviated as £10, and the inscription also shows the precious metal content (unlike on the proof coins in the series).

The background has a decorative geometric pattern.

Obverse Inscription ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2021 · £10 · 1/10th OUNCE 999.5 PLATINUM ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts the allegorical figure of Victory. She is bare breasted and winged, her right hand is raised in a celebratory gesture, and in her left hand she holds a palm frond - as a symbol of victory. The background has a decorative geometric pattern.

Around left, the inscription VICTORY · THROUGH · HARMONY.

Below right, 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 VICTORY · THROUGH · HARMONY
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: individual coin in plastic flip, or 25 coins in mint tube.

See also

Coins in The Queen's Virtues series issued for Saint Helena include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1/10 oz Platinum Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Charity, 2022
- 10 oz Silver Bullion (Rectangle), The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Charity, 2022

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Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypePlatinum Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.180 mm
Thickness0.940 mm
Mass3.110 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-QYKZ-OJYG
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2021 1/10 oz St. Helena Platinum Queen’s Virtues Victory Coin
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