Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I

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 Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603).

Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.

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.

In 1600, Queen Elizabeth I awarded a band of merchants the monopoly on trade with the East, and so began a voyage that was to transform the world. On the insistence of Elizabeth, aboard the first ships were specially struck testern coins - nicknamed "portcullis money" for their design - meant to demonstrate to the world the power of the British. This coin features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth I from her seventh issue crown, inset with the Red Dragon, one of four EIC ships that sailed on the first voyage, along with an image of a pepper leaf, which was fundamental to the success of the first voyage, and the crowned portcullis taken from the portcullis money.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage1,000
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2019 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I - 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 - Queen Elizabeth I - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth I of England, facing left. In the background, a sailing ship of the period - the Red Dragon, one of four EIC ships that sailed on the first voyage to India; below it, a pepper leaf. Above, a crowned portcullis - a symbol used on trade coinage issued at the time.

To the right 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 left, the inscription : ELIZABETH I : ROYAL CHARTER, referring to the Queen granting the charter to the East India Company in 1600.

Reverse Inscription : ELIZABETH I : ROYAL CHARTER
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 - Queen Elizabeth I: 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 IDBVYX-OWRC-XDWR-EJZN
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