Silver Ounce and Quarter 2021 Standing Lion Guinea, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ounce and Quarter 2021 Standing Lion Guinea, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ounce and Quarter 2021 Standing Lion Guinea

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. Some of them are non-standard and/or one-off issues in silver, such as this one.

This bullion silver coin denominated as £1.25 is part of the Guinea coin range by The East India Company.

The guinea was once the most respected and internationally recognised coinage in the world. First issued in 1663 during the reign of King Charles II, the guinea gold coins went through various designs and were issued by England and its many overseas colonies for nearly 200 years. The gold coin was the first machine-coin gold piece from the Royal Mint and it would eventually become an international symbol of Great Britain's growing power and influence during the 17th and 18th centuries.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce and Quarter 2021 Standing Lion Guinea - 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 · £1.25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·.

The inscription also contains the face value of one pound and 25 pence (£1.25), and the name of the company.

The background has a decorative geometric pattern.

Obverse Inscription ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2021 · £1.25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ounce and Quarter 2021 Standing Lion Guinea - reverse photo

The reverse design features the lion of England, rearing up and facing the viewer. The lion, the defender of the Crown and Empire, holds the crown of England and stands on a rope and a globe. This represents the reach of the British Empire: the rope symbolises the Age of Sail, and the globe - the worldwide reach of British merchant ships.

A shield displaying the Cross of St. George is a reference to the final guinea coin circulated in Britain in the late 1700s. Crossed sceptres in the background represent the four points of the compass (and were also used on the first guineas minted during the reign of King Charles II). The wreath at the bottom of the heraldic display includes tea and cotton leaves, just two of the dozens of vital trade goods the East India Company supplied to Great Britain during the age of sail.

The background has a decorative geometric pattern.

Around above, the name of the coin series: · GUINEA ·. Around left and around right, the precious metal content: 1.25 OUNCE 999 SILVER.

In the lower part of 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 1.25 OUNCE 999 SILVER · GUINEA ·
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: loose individual coin, 16 in mint tube, or 320 coins in monster box.

See also

Saint Helena coins with historic Guinea designs include:
- 8.4 g Gold Proof, Military Guinea 2020
- Sovereign, Gold Proof, Spade Guinea 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2020
- 4.2 g Gold Proof, Spade Half Guinea 2020
- 2.1 g Gold Proof, Rose Crown Quarter Guinea 2020
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2018
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2020
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2021
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Standing Lion Guinea 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2018
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2019

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Silver Ounce and Quarter 2021 Standing Lion Guinea: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Other Sizes
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value1.25 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.300 mm
Thickness3.600 mm
Mass38.875 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-XBKR-ONZB
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St. Helena 1.25 oz Silver Standing Lion Guinea
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St. Helena 1.25 oz Silver Standing Lion Guinea
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