|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 Queen's Virtues - Charity|
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 design is the third in The Queen's Virtues Series and represents Charity.
The Mint says about it:
The allegorical presentation of the Queen’s six virtues was first presented on the Victoria Memorial, situated outside Buckingham Palace. Designed after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, The Winged Angel of Victory is featured at the very top of the monument and crouched at her feet are the allegorical figures of Courage and Constancy. Courage wears a helmet and bears a club, while Constancy holds a ship’s compass, and both have cloaks swirling out in the breeze. Beneath stand personifications of Justice, Truth and Charity. Designed and sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock, he described the symbolism of the monument as devoted to the “qualities which made our Queen so great and so much beloved".
The design of this coin is inspired by the monument showing the allegorical figure caring for the young. This warm and touching depiction of "Motherhood" symbolises the virtue of Charity. It is said to represent the virtue of making charitable efforts caring of the suffering. As Monarch, both Queens are considered to have held and exercised the virtue of Charity. Widely acknowledged as the core principles founded by Queen Victoria during her extraordinary reign, they have been carried forward by the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2022 ·.
The reverse design depicts the allegorical figure of Charity - a young mother, seated, hugging two small children.
Around left, the inscription IN · OMNIBUS · CARITAS - translated from Latin, In all things - charity.
In the rim above right, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company; the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated.
||IN · OMNIBUS · CARITAS
Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation case, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG22CHASP1OZ
Issue price: £99.00
Coins in The Queen's Virtues series issued for Saint Helena include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1/10 oz Platinum Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Charity, 2022
- 10 oz Silver Bullion (Rectangle), The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Victory, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Truth, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, The Queen's Virtues - Charity, 2022