Quarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Quarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinQuarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value. There are several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign. The quarter sovereign - with face value of 25 pence is the only sovereign denomination with no pre-decimal counterpart; it was introduced in the United Kingdom in 2009.

Apart from the sovereigns of the United Kingdom, the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha has also authorised some mints to issue half sovereigns under its jurisdiction. These are denominated in Saint Helena Pounds - the local variation of the Pound Sterling. Following long-standing tradition, this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin.

This coin is part of the 2020 series of five sovereign denominations which features five different designs dedicated to King George III.

The Mint says about it:
King George III ascended the British throne in 1760 and was to become England’s longest-ruling monarch until his granddaughter Queen Victoria. During his 59-year reign he presided over victory in the Seven Years’ War, a successful resistance to the threat of a Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and most famously the loss of the American Revolution. His reign saw the acquisition of Australia and New Zealand to the British Empire, the abolition of the Slave Trade throughout British colonies and the uniting of Great Britain and Ireland by the Act of Union creating a new "United Kingdom".

A devoted family man, King George III was conscientious and well educated with a keen interest in science and the arts. Commemorating one of Britain’s most famous and controversial monarchs on the 200th anniversary of the end of his reign in 1820, this series of five 2020 Sovereign denominations promises to be one of the most faithful and unique tributes to his reign celebrating some of his most exceptional coin designs and exploring the fascinating stories behind them.

The 2020 Quarter Sovereign Gold Proof coin tells the story of the famous Dorrien and Magens Shilling of 1798, King George III’s rarest shilling, in memory of his reign.The Dorrien Magens Shilling was never released into circulation when the Royal Mint realised that its face value was lower than its intrinsic value due to dropping silver prices, and halted distribution. Approximately 30,000 coins were ordered to be melted but a discrepancy in records indicated 285 coins had "gone astray". Today there are only 20 coins believed to have remained with 8 pieces held in museums and only 4 pieces seen in market during the last 10 years.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,720
Obverse
Saint Helena / Quarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling - 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). The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left, above the Queen's shoulder.

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Quarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows the symbols of the British monarchy as they stood in 1798. At centre, a starburst around the Garter of the Order of the Garter, which surrounds the cross of the flag of England. Around, the four shields signifying the domains of King George III: on top, a shield halved with the three lions of England and the lion of Scotland (as king of Great Britain; on the right, a shield with the fleurs-de-lis of France, marking his claim on the throne of FRance (at that time - already defunct); below, the harp of Ireland as king of Ireland; and on the left, the arms of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Electorate of Hanover), of which he was Elector as Georg III. Wilhelm Friedrich. The shields are separated by four St Edward's Crowns.

Around the rim, the Royal motto · HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · (translated from Old French: May he be shamed who thinks badly of it), and the date of issue 2020.

Reverse Inscription · HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · 2020
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in presentation box with Certificate of Authenticity (2,020 coins), or in sets (700 coins).
East India Company SKU: SH20QSOV
Issue price: £165.00

Issued in Set
The 2020 Sovereign Gold Proof Five Coin Set, mintage 100
5 coins: Five Sovereigns 2020 (Saint George), Double Sovereign 2020 (Spanish Dollar), Full Sovereign 2020 (Spade Guinea), Half Sovereign 2020 (Half Crown), Quarter Sovereign 2020 (Dorrien and Magens Shilling)
The 2020 Sovereign Gold Proof Three Coin Set, mintage 500
3 coins: Full Sovereign 2020 (Spade Guinea), Half Sovereign 2020 (Half Crown), Quarter Sovereign 2020 (Dorrien and Magens Shilling)
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Quarter Sovereign 2020 Dorrien and Magens Shilling: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeQuarter Sovereign
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value1/4 (x Pound)
Total Mintage2,720
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.500 mm
Mass2.000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-XDNR-EJZN
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