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

Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSilver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera

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.

The 2022 Goddess Hera design introduces a new coin series which will tell the stories of the Goddesses of Ancient Greek and Norse mythology.

The Mint says about it:
Despite originating in ancient myths and legends, Goddesses inform modern life perhaps more than we realise. Their mythology, religious legends, history and folk tales influence movies, TV shows, museum exhibits and famous brands such as cameras and running shoes. Theirs are stories of intricate family sagas, wars fought by powerful dynasties, love found and lost, the worlds of nature and magic and the realms of gods and men, featuring fantastical creatures and characters who inspire our imaginations and codes of living. Morals, virtues, beliefs and ethics are all integral to the mythology of the Goddesses.

The series starts with Hera, wife and sister of the mighty Zeus, one of the twelve principal deities of the Greek pantheon who lived upon Mount Olympus. “Queen of the Immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and wife of loud-thundering Zeus, the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympos reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder”.

Hera was Queen of the Gods, wife of Zeus and mother to the Olympian Gods Ares and Hephaestus. Zeus had many affairs and Hera often punished his lovers and illegitimate children for the shame they brought upon her. As a result, as well as her beauty and faithfulness, she is known for her temper, fury and vengeance. But despite her anger, Hera became step-mother to many of these children, earning her reputation as the Goddess of family, children and women. Hera’s sacred animals include the cuckoo and the peacock. A legend by Ovid describes how Zeus fell in love with Io, one of Hera’s priestesses. Raging with jealousy, Hera turned Io into a cow and gave her to Argus, her all-seeing giant with 100 eyes, to guard her. Zeus took pity on Io and ordered his messenger, Hermes, to kill Argus and rescue her. But Hera had guessed what was coming and, before Hermes could hypnotise and murder Argus, she removed the 100 eyes from the giant and placed them on the tail of a peacock in honour of her faithful servant.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera - obverse photo

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 · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 10 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 10 POUNDS ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Hera riding through the heavens in her grand chariot, pulled along by her sacred peacocks, their tails covered in the hundred ever-watchful eyes of the mighty Argus.

Around above left, the inscription HERA.

In the right field next to the chariot's wheel, 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 the ground below, the designer's initials JI, for Joel Iskowitz.

Reverse Inscription HERA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coin in the Goddesses of Ancient Greek and Norse Mythology series:
- 1 oz Gold Bullion (with proof version), Goddess Hera, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Goddess Hera, 2022
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Goddess Hera, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Bullion (with proof version), Goddess Hera, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with proof version), Goddess Hera, 2022

Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Images Saint Helena / Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera / Proof FDC - obverse photo Saint Helena / Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 250 (included in total)
Details

Issued in a presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin Name: 2022 Goddesses Collection Hera 10oz Silver Proof Coin. East India Company SKU: FG22GOHSP10OZ. Issue price: £995.00.

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Silver Ten Ounces 2022 Goddess Hera: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeSilver Ten Ounces (10 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJoel Iskowitz
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size80.000 mm
Mass311.0000 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-MJAY-EYJD
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2022 Goddesses Collection Hera 10oz Silver Proof Coin
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