Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II

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 coin (denominated as 25 pence - like the early decimal crown coins) is part of The 2019 Empire Collection - Monarchs proof set issued by The East India Company, which features nine English monarchs, and is dedicated to King Charles II (1685 - 1685).

Charles II's father, Charles I, was executed at Whitehall on 30 January 1649, at the climax of the English Civil War. Although the Parliament of Scotland proclaimed Charles II King on 5 February 1649, England entered the period known as the English Interregnum or the English Commonwealth, and the country was a de facto republic, led by Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell defeated Charles II at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651, and Charles fled to mainland Europe. Cromwell became virtual dictator of England, Scotland and Ireland, and Charles spent the next nine years in exile in France, the Dutch Republic, and the Spanish Netherlands.

A political crisis that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy, and Charles was invited to return to Britain. On 29 May 1660, his 30th birthday, he was received in London to public acclaim. After 1660, all legal documents were dated as if he had succeeded his father as king in 1649.

The Mint says about the set:
“Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade, whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world and consequently the world itself.”
– Sir Walter Raleigh

From its very first voyage in January 1601, until it was dissolved and absorbed into the British Crown in 1874, The East India Company laid the foundation of the British Empire in the East. Overtime "The Company" rose to account for half of the world’s trade including cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and bullion. It had its own army and navy, its stocks were central to London’s financial markets and at one point it ruled over 400 million people. Learn the story of the world’s most famous Company through its coins. The 2019 Empire Collection is a series of nine silver proof coins which tell the story of a band of merchants who created an Empire through the monopoly, privilege and power bestowed on them by the Monarchs that ruled.

By the reign of King Charles II, the company had expanded its trading operations, eclipsing the Portuguese, establishing trading posts in Surat, Madras, Bombay and Calcutta and securing ports off the coast of China. Under Charles II, the company was granted the seven small islands of Bombay and the right to take and rule other territories, to mint money, to command fortresses, to build armies and “make peace and war". The Bombay Mint would be the first mint opened by the East India Company in India, and today it is the site of the India Government Mint in Mumbai.

In Britain tea drinking became fashionable at this time, and the start of a lucrative tea trade began. The design on the set’s coin celebrating Charles II features the portrait of the king taken from his 1668 British silver crown coin.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II - 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 · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·. 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 · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows a laureate portrait of King Charles II of England, facing right; in the background, a tea leaf, a classical building representing the Bombay Mint, and the depiction of an early British colonial coin issued in India (Bombay). Above, the monogram of the king - a letter C overlaid with an inverted letter C (CC abbreviated from Carolus Carolo - Charles, son of Charles).

To the left of the portrait, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company; the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated.

Around right, the inscription CHARLES II - MAKE PEACE AND WAR.

Reverse Inscription CHARLES II - MAKE PEACE AND WAR
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Available in a nine coin set only.

Issued in Set
The 2019 Empire Collection - Monarchs - Silver Proof Set, mintage 1,000
9 coins: 1 oz Silver, Queen Elizabeth I, 1 oz Silver, King James I, 1 oz Silver, King Charles II, 1 oz Silver, King William III, 1 oz Silver, Queen Anne, 1 oz Silver, King George II, 1 oz Silver, King George III, 1 oz Silver, King William IV, 1 oz Silver, Queen Victoria
See also

A gold quarter-ounce coin with the same design was issued in 2017.

All (26) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Crown 2017 Testern 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Raphael Maklouf ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 25 PENCE · 2017 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - James I 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - William III 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Anne 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - George II 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - George III 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - William IV 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Victoria 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 25 PENCE · 2019 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Una and the Lion, Proof 1,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Masterpiece - Una and the Lion 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Una and the Lion, Proof 1,750 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2021 The Three Graces 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Proof 2,642 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon 200th Anniversary 1,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ST. HELENA · 2021 ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Bees 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon - Monogram 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Victory, Proof 3,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2021 Queen's Virtues - Truth 3,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2021 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion, Proof 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Gothic Crown 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee 2,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Faerie Queene 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Goddess Hera 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Queen's Virtues - Charity 3,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2022 ·
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Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Charles II: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value25 (x Penny)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-AMPJ-EYPL
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