Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon

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 very large silver kilogram (1 kg silver) format, denominated variously as £1, £5 or £50.

The mint says about this coin:
Our Masterpiece Collection continues with this rare opportunity to own William Wyon’s stunning interpretation of the original design of St George and the Dragon.

In 1844 William Wyon was personally commissioned to design a medal for Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. Albert was a progressive thinker, an evangelist for technological progress, a supporter of human rights causes such as emancipation and, perhaps most famously, a patron of the Arts, becoming President of the Society of Arts in 1843 before it gained its royal charter in 1847.

During the 1840s the Society of Arts held popular annual exhibitions that showcased British ingenuity. Henry Cole, a Society member, came up with the idea of a "Great Exhibition" which would celebrate such brilliance from across the globe. Prince Albert became President of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, calming concerns from Parliament with his belief that the event would place British creativity and engineering on the world stage.

The Great Exhibition proved to be a spectacular success and, in tribute to his achievements and as “a token of remembrance of our long communion in this work”, Prince Albert presented Henry Cole with the special medal he had personally commissioned from William Wyon.

Wyon’s interpretation of St George and the Dragon, an iconic image that has become synonymous with his early rival, Benedetto Pistrucci (who designed the famous Saint George and the Dragon sovereign), is full of energy as St George slays the mighty dragon beneath his rearing steed, believed to have been modelled upon Prince Albert’s favourite horse, Imaun.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage75
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King Charles III facing left.

In tiny letters on the neck truncation, the artist's initials: GD (for Glyn Davies).

Around, the monarch's legend followed by the face value and date of issue: CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS · 2023 ·. Translated from Latin, the legend means: Charles the Third, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts St George on horseback, facing left, wearing a plumed helmet and a cape (and nothing else), holding a lance in both hands pointed towards a dragon rearing its head.

Around right, the name of the designer, W. WYON (William Wyon). In the lower left field, 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 W. WYON
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG23FULSP1KG
Date of issue: 11 April 2023.
Issue price: £3,295.00

See also

Saint Helena coins depicting Saint George and the Dragon:
- Half Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon, 2019
- Five Gold Sovereigns, Saint George and the Dragon (Veronica Mackinnon, Nick Martin), 2020
- Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon, 2021
- Half Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon, 2021
- Quarter Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon, 2021
- Double Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2023
- 1 oz Gold, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2023
- 1 kg Silver, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2023
- Five Gold Sovereigns, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2024
- Double Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2024
- Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2024
- Half Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2024
- Quarter Gold Sovereign, Saint George and the Dragon (William Wyon), 2024

All (16) coins of type: Silver Kilo (1 kg)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Kilo 2021 Masterpiece - Una and the Lion 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Una and the Lion 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 The Three Graces 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Napoleon - Bees 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Gothic Crown 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · FIVE POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Queen Victoria - Gothic 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Una and the Lion 70 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Platinum Jubilee 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Faerie Queene - Una and Redcrosse 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 50 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Faerie Queene - Una and the Lion 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 · 50 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Una and the Lion 50 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon 75 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Boston Tea Party 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Britannia Memorial 70 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Silver Kilo 2024 Faerie Queene - Redcrosse and the Dragon 25 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Silver Kilo 2024 Una and the Lion 25 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 POUNDS ·
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Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyKing Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies
ReverseSt George the Dragon-Slayer
Face Value50 (x Pound)
Total Mintage75
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.0000 mm
Mass1,000.0000 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-LQVM-ONXQ
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Silver Kilo 2023 Saint George and the Dragon: Photo 2023 Masterpiece St George & the Dragon One Kilo Silver Proof Coin / thumbnail 2023 Masterpiece St George & the Dragon One Kilo Silver Proof Coin
Copyright: The East India Company
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