Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion

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 bullion silver ounce coin denominated as £1 is part of a commemorative range marking the 200th Anniversary since the death of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Mint says about it:
Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica in 1769. He is widely regarded as one of history’s great military minds, building an Empire that stretched across Europe before his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. He was exiled to St Helena, where he remained until his death in 1821. While Napoleon’s military cunning is indisputable, it is also believed that he carried a symbol of good luck with him, his own personal guardian angel.

The French Angel Coin first appeared in the late 18th Century. Its designer became suspected of revolutionary tendencies and was sentenced to death but somehow escaped the guillotine. Allegedly he bribed his captors with an Angel Coin, and it became known as a lucky charm. 19th Century French Naval Captains would refuse to sail without one in their purse, and even Napoleon was not beyond belief in the lucky Angel Coin. According to folklore he carried one in his pocket throughout his reign, only to fatefully lose it the day before his final defeat at Waterloo.

After his death on St Helena, Napoleon was initially buried there at Longwood House. But in his will he had asked to be buried “by the banks of the Seine surrounded by the French people whom I love so dearly”. His wish was granted in 1840 and he now lies in a tomb at Les Invalides in Paris under the watchful gaze of 12 magnificent stone-carved angels. To mark the 200th Anniversary of Napoleon’s death, we pay tribute to the symbolic angel with this new design partly inspired by the Napoleon Death Medal. It featured an angel draped over the Emperor’s tomb, while this 2021 coin design shows a peaceful angel holding a watchful gaze, and a protective hand, over Napoleon’s resting place.

This coin is the first in a new collection which will be released as an annual series with a new "Angel" themed design each year.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2021 · £1 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·.

Note that the face value is abbreviated as £1. The background has a decorative geometric pattern.

Obverse Inscription ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2021 · £1 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion - reverse photo

The reverse design shows the figure of a winged angel placing its left hand at a tombstone which has the N monogram of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte engraved on it, surrounded by a laurel wreath and above a French Imperial eagle. The background has a decorative geometric pattern.

Around above, the inscription ANGEL surrounded by two bees - a symbol of harmony which appeared on Napoleon's personal Coat of Arms. Separated by it, around left and right the precious metal content: ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER.

In the rim below, surrounded by olive branches, 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 ANGEL ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: loose individual coin, or 20 in mint tube, or 500 in master box.

Note that there is a different proof coin, showing the new effigy of the Queen on the obverse, and without the precious metal inscription on the reverse.

See also

Coins issued for Napoleon's 200th Anniversary, in St Helena include:
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon - Bees, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon - Monogram, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon - Bees, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon - Monogram, 2021

All (21) 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 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 2021 Napoleon's Angel, Bullion: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-XZVN-EYJD
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