Silver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Bullion, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Bullion, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, 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 coin is part of the Una and the Lion range by The East India Company.

The legend of Una and the Lion dates back to the 16th Century and Edmund Spencer’s epic medieval poem, The Faerie Queene. Una is a beautiful princess on a quest to rescue her parents from a dragon who has imprisoned them in a tower. She encounters a fierce lion whose rage is subdued as he is captivated by Una’s beauty and innocence. He becomes her faithful companion, forever by her side, protecting her from harm. The relationship between Una and the Lion and the great coin designers began with the 1839 five-pound piece, produced to mark the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria. It featured a bold neoclassical design by William Wyon, whose Una and the Lion symbolised the young Queen Victoria harnessing the power of the mighty British nation, represented by the Lion. It is now recognised as one of history’s most beautiful coin designs, a legacy which continues with the East India Company’s annual Una and the Lion Collection.

The mint says about the 2023 edition:
"This powerfully elegant 2023 design by Glyn Davies captures the inseparable bond and unwavering courage of Una and the Lion, giving equal prominence to these two legendary characters. The design’s Art Nouveau influences beautifully emphasise the fantastical nature of Spenser’s epic poem and the steely determination of the brave princess and mighty beast at her side."

The 2023 edition is the first in the Una and Lion coin collection to feature the portrait of King Charles III by Glyn Davies, who is thus in the relatively rare position of having designed both sides of the coin.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage 10,000
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Bullion - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King Charles III facing left.

In tiny letters on the neck truncation, the artist's initials: GD (for Glyn Davies).

Around, the monarch's legend and the face value: CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·. Translated from Latin, the legend means: Charles the Third, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Bullion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows mythical heroine Una together with the lion; they sit next to each other, and she has her hand on the lion's neck; with her other hand, Una holds a spear. In the background, the rising sun.

Around above, the inscription · UNA AND THE LION ·, followed by the metal content 1 OZ 999AG (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver); ; around below, the date of issue · 2023 ·.

Below left in the rim, 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 · UNA AND THE LION · 1 OZ 999AG · 2023 ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: loose individual coin, or 19 in tube, or 475 coins in box.
Release date: May 2023.
Release price: US$ 35.31

See also

Coins featuring the Una and the Lion theme and issued for Saint Helena include:
- Five Sovereigns Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 kg Silver Antique, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 2 oz Silver Antique (Ultra High Relief), Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024

All (37) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
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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 Cash - 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 Cash - 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 Cash - 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 Cash - 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 Military Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2022 · £1 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Cash - 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 Goddess Hera 11,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 1 POUND ·
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
Silver Ounce 2023 Modern Japanese Trade Dollar 6,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2023 ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Faerie Queene - Una and Redcrosse 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Bullion 10,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Goddess Eos 11,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2023 ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Cash - The Macaque 7,500 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2023 ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Modern United States Trade Dollar 6,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2023 ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Boston Tea Party, Bullion unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies ST. HELENA · KING CHARLES III · 2023 · £1 · ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Britannia Memorial 12,022 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2023 ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Pegasus unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies £1 ST. HELENA KING CHARLES III 2023 ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER
Silver Ounce 2024 Una and the Lion, Bullion 10,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND ·
Silver Ounce 2024 Faerie Queene - Una and the Lion 5,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2024 ·
Silver Ounce 2024 Goddess Cybele 11,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 1 POUND · 2024 ·
Silver Ounce 2024 Athena Owl unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies ST. HELENA · KING CHARLES III · 2024 · £1 · ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER ·
Silver Ounce 2024 Cash - Snow Leopard 7,500 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · ONE POUND · 2024 ·
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Silver Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Bullion: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyKing Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerGlyn Davies
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size38.6000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-MRDR-EYJD
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