|Coin||Silver Two Ounces 2021 Napoleon 200th Anniversary|
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 silver two ounces (2 oz silver) format, denominated as £2.
This silver two-ounce coin denominated as £2 is part of a commemorative range marking the 200th Anniversary since the death of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Mint says about the series:
This unique and special edition of Napoleon coins is a tribute to the 200th Anniversary of his passing. Very few leaders in world history have had such an impact.
These coins are issued by the island of Saint Helena. Saint Helena is a British territory located in the South Atlantic Ocean 1,870 km away from the coast of South Africa. It is here where Napoleon spent the last 6 years of his life living in exile. Even while in exile, he studied English with the goal of being able to read English newspapers and books. He was a natural born leader from a very young age and these four coins uniquely capture a time in his life when his life had no boundaries.
The coins show designs that capture a youthful Napoleon in ultra high relief detail, quite different than the traditional images that exist. His strong features as well as his aspiring expression on his face hints at the extraordinary future he will eventually have. Behind him is the Arc de Triomphe which has been a fitting legacy monument to his greatness. Around the outside edge are his lifetime milestones which list the many reasons he was so heralded.
The coin series was developed by EIC in collaboration with Coin Invest Trust (CIT), using CIT's Smartminting® technology showcasing ultra-high relief standard in both gold and silver.
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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: ST. HELENA · 2021 ELIZABETH II · TWO POUNDS ·.
The reverse features a youthful frontal portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in front of the Arc de Triomphe (Triuphal Arch) in Paris.
In the left field, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company; the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated.
Around above, the inscription NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 200TH ANNIVERSARY.
In microtext ("Microscript") around the rim, the important dates, events and places of Napoleon's life (starting from below, clockwise):
1769 * AJACCIO
· 1797 CAMPO FORMIO
· 1798 EGYPT
· 1799 ACRE · FIRST CONSUL
· 1804 CIVIL CODE · EMPEROR
· 1805 KING OF ITALY · AUSTERLITZ
· 1806 JENA AND AUERSTEDT
· 1812 RUSSIA
· 1813 LEIPZIG
· 1814 ABDICATION · ELBA
· 1815 CONGRESS OF VIENNA · WATERLOO · EXILE
· 1821 + ST.HELENA
||NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 200TH ANNIVERSARY
Finish: proof, smartminting, Ultra High Relief, piedfort (same diameter as the one-ounce coin but double the thickness).
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
CIT Item ID: 29563
East India Company SKU: FG21CITSP2OZN
Issue price: £199.00
Coins issued for Napoleon's 200th Anniversary, in St Helena include:
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon - Bees, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon - Monogram, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon 200th Anniversary, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Napoleon's Angel, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon - Bees, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Napoleon - Monogram, 2021