Silver Ounce 2019 Bengal Tiger, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Bengal Tiger, 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 silver ounce (1 oz silver) format, usually denominated as £1.

This premium bullion coin is part of the Cash Coin Collection featuring the Treasures of India, and has the Bengal Tiger as a representative of Indian Wildlife.

As the national animal of India, the tiger holds important meaning. For centuries, it has been a symbol of power, strength and grace, closely associated with bravery and valour. In Hindu mythology this majestic animal symbolises the possession of unlimited power. Officially known as Panthera tigris tigris, the Royal Bengal tiger represents strength, elegance and endurance.

Well protected in India, genetic research confirms this species of tiger arrived to the Indian subcontinent more than 12,000 years ago. While all tigers are considered endangered, the Bengal tiger is the most numerous of all subspecies with approximately 2,500 left in the wild. However, it remains under the constant threat of poaching. The creation of India’s tiger reserves in the 1970's helped stabilise its numbers but poaching in recent years has again put the Bengal tiger at risk.

The coins in the series are designed by Nick Martin, based on drawings of the animals by Veronica Mackinnon.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage3,000
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2019 Bengal Tiger - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2019 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

The background is patterned with a geometric motif.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2019 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2019 Bengal Tiger - reverse photo

The reverse features a detailed image of a Bengal tiger, walking towards the viewer, against a strikingly patterned background.

Around the rim, the inscription ONE OUNCE · CASH · 999 SILVER. In this context, "cash" is a reference to the small coins issued by the (original) East India Company in India, denominated as "cash".

In the rim below left, 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 ONE OUNCE · CASH · 999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: none (loose coin), or 18 coins in mint tube, or in a monster box of 25 tubes (450 coins).

See also

Saint Helena "Cash" coins featuring wildlife include:
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - Bengal Tiger, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Peacock, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Cobra, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Indian Wildlife - The Rhino, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Cobra, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Rhino, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - Bengal Tiger, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Peacock, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Cobra, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Indian Wildlife - The Rhino, 2022

All (22) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2018 Spade Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2018 · £1 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Silver Ounce 2018 British Trade Dollar 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2018 ·
Silver Ounce 2018 US Trade Dollar 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2018 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Chinese Trade Dollar 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Spade Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2019 · £1 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Bengal Tiger 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 The Peacock 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Una and the Lion, Bullion 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Japanese Trade Dollar 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 French Trade Dollar 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 The Elephant 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Una and the Lion, Bullion 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Modern Chinese Trade Dollar 6,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2021 · £1 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2021 · £1 · ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion, Bullion 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2022 The Cobra 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 The Rhino 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Goddess Hera 11,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Modern British Trade Dollar 6,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Queen's Virtues - Truth, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2022 · £1 · ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Pegasus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2022 £1 ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER
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Silver Ounce 2019 Bengal Tiger: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage3,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerVeronica Mackinnon, Nick Martin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-WBXW-EPQM
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