Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia

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 very large silver ten ounces (10 oz silver) format, usually denominated as £10.

This rectangular coin has the same form factor as a silver bar, but is legal tender bullion issued by The East India Company (modern), and features the standing figure of Britannia - the female personification of Britain, which has been displayed for centuries on the coinage of Great Britain and its dependencies - such as Saint Helena.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC in heart Total Mintageunknown
Saint Helena / Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia - 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).

The portrait is in a small oval cartouche, crowned with St Edward's Crown.

Above, the inscription ST HELENA, below which the face value £10 (ten pounds) is separated from the date of issue 2022 by the crown.

On two lines below, the precious metal content 10 oz FINE SILVER 999 (ten troy ounces of 99.9% silver), below which the monarch's legend HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II.

Obverse Inscription ST HELENA £10 2022 10 oz FINE SILVER 999 HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Saint Helena / Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia - reverse photo

The reverse design features the standing figure of Britannia, depicted as a young female holding a trident in one hand and balancing a shield with the British Union Jack flag in the other, her cloak billowing in the wind behind. She wears a breastplate and a crested Corinthian helmet pushed back to reveal her face.

Above the figure, on two lines the inscription MAY GOD DIRECT MY STEPS; in its Latin form (DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS) this was inscribed on the famous 1839 Una and the Lion five-pounds gold coin.

Below left, the heart-shaped EIC mint mark of the East India Company - the initials are in a saltire (diagonal cross) within a heart shape, crested with a 4.

The background has "rhumb lines" as on a nautical map; these radiate from a centre in the direction of wind or compass points and were used by pilots to lay courses from one harbour to another.

Reverse Inscription MAY GOD DIRECT MY STEPS
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: individual coin in sealed plastic, or 10 in a box, or 50 in a master box.
Date of issue: March 2023.

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Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ten Ounces (10 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size46.4 x 90.5 mm
Thickness7.000 mm
Mass311.0000 g
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Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Britannia: Photos
2022 10 oz St. Helena Rectangular Silver Standing Britannia Coin
Copyright: JM Bullion
2022 10 oz St. Helena Rectangular Silver Standing Britannia Coin
Copyright: JM Bullion