|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 The Cobra|
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 Cobra as a representative of Indian Wildlife.
The Indian cobra (Naja Naja) - a poisonous snake found on the Indian subcontinent - is considered a symbol of luck and wisdom. Furthermore, in Indian mythology it is an attribute of the Hindu god Shiva. On average, the snake reaches a length of 2 meters, making it one of the largest venomous snakes, which are common from the southern Himalayas to Sri Lanka. The most striking feature of the cobra is its neck shield, which is spread out in a threatening posture.
The coins in the series are designed by Nick Martin, based on drawings of the animals by Veronica Mackinnon.
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 · 2022 ·. 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.
The reverse features a detailed image of a raised cobra with its hood open, 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 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.
||ONE OUNCE · CASH · 999 SILVER
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: none (loose coin).
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