Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces, Coin from Tristan da Cunha - detailed information

Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces, Coin from Tristan da Cunha
CoinFive Pounds 2018 The Three Graces

In 2018 to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Wedgwood, Wedgwood on behalf of Tristan Da Cunha released this limited issue "Three Graces £5 (Five Pound) Coin" issued in Wedgwood's finest Jasperware. The coins were handmade at the Wedgwood factory, exclusively for the Commonwealth Mint.

The iconic brand Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by renowned industrialist and philanthropist Josiah Wedgwood; and Jasper Ware was then invented by him in the 1770’s. To this day it is still one of the most sought after and collected ceramics in the world. The mintage limit of 3,000 reflects the number of trial samples it took before Josiah perfected the technique.

Wedgwood is a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories manufacturer that was founded on 1 May 1759 by the English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood. It was especially successful at producing fine earthenware and stonewares that were accepted as equivalent in quality to porcelain (which Wedgwood only made later) but were considerably cheaper. Wedgwood is especially associated with the "dry-bodied" (unglazed) stoneware Jasperware in contrasting colours, and in particular that in "Wedgwood blue" and white, always much the most popular colours, though there are several others. Jasperware has been made continuously by the firm since 1775, and also much imitated.

The company says:
"Encompassing the pioneering spirit of Wedgwood, this world-first coin continues the evolution of a truly English ceramic story of endeavour and excellence. Jasperware was arguably Wedgwood's most significant contribution to ceramic art and one of the most important innovations in ceramic history since the Chinese invention of porcelain nearly one thousand years earlier. The epitome of elegance and simplicity, the distinctive, classically inspired white bas-relief applied on top of a matte blue base, has become the most widely collected of all Wedgwood products. Nearly 250 years after it was invented, Jasperware now debuts, for the first time ever, on the world coin stage - in this first of its kind Jasperware legal tender coin."

The coin’s reverse design is inspired by signature Wedgwood reliefs of The Three Graces, based on the classical myth of the three charities, which have appeared in several forms on Josiah Wedgwood’s cameos since about 1777. The Jasperware Three Graces Coin also pays tribute to the world’s most famous depiction of The Three Graces - the neoclassical marble sculpture by Antonio Canova. The three mythological charities are said to be the daughters of Zeus, representing youth, mirth and elegance. The world-renowned sculpture is jointly owned by The National Gallery of Scotland and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Set against a pastel blue Jasperware base, the three female figures are bordered by geometrical shapes in a tribute to Greek neoclassical art.

The actual design used is an adaptation of the Canova sculpture for a coin design, by the Royal Mint's engraver William Wyon. It was made for an 1817 pattern crown, made in silver and gold.

The mintage limit of 3,000 reflects the number of trial samples it took before Josiah perfected the technique.

MintCommonwealth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,000
Obverse
Tristan da Cunha / Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces - obverse photo

The obverse features the crowned mature effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Joel Iskowitz. The Queen faces right, and wears the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation, pearl earrings and a necklace.

The designer's initials JI are incuse on the Queen's shoulder.

Around above, the monarch's legend H.M. QUEEN ELIZABETH II TRISTAN DA CUNHA; below, the date of issue 2018.

Obverse Inscription H.M. QUEEN ELIZABETH II TRISTAN DA CUNHA 2018
Reverse
Tristan da Cunha / Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces - reverse photo

Within an Ancient Greek-styled rim decoration, the reverse features, from left to right, the female representations of Ireland, England and Scotland. They are identified by the implements at their feet - respectively a harp, a shield bearing the cross of St George and an oversized thistle; additionally, the also carry floral symbols in their crowns: shamrocks, roses and more thistles.

England, (or maybe Britannia), is perhaps the elder sister, standing taller than the other women who look at her with affection. This is an idealised representation of the union between the three nations, formed as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. Wales is not represented here, but then that would have disrupted the neat parallel with the three charities of Greek mythology.

The design owes much to Antonio Canova's famous statue, The Three Graces - hence the coin's nickname; however, the figures in the statue are naked while those on the coin are fully dressed, in Classical style.

The inscription around below shows the face value and denomination, FIVE POUNDS.

Reverse Inscription FIVE POUNDS
EdgePlain, inscribedEdge InscriptionWedgwood England
Notes

Finish: matter.
Packaging: boxed, with Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

Coins featuring The Three Graces include:
- Crown Pattern 1817 The Three Graces (the original issue)
- 5 kg Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 3 kg Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 2 kg Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 1 kg Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 10 oz Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2021
- 5 oz Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 5 oz Gold, The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- 5 oz Gold, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- 2 oz Gold, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 2 oz Gold, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- Gold Crown, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- Five Pounds Gold, The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- 1 oz Gold, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- Sovereign,The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- Half Sovereign,The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- Quarter Sovereign ,The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- 2 kg Silver, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 1 kg Silver, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 1 kg Silver, The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- 1 kg Silver, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- 10 oz Silver, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 5 oz Silver, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 5 oz Silver, The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- 5 oz Silver, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- 2 oz Silver, The Three Graces, United Kingdom 2020
- 2 oz Silver, The Three Graces, Alderney 2020
- 2 oz Silver, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- 1 oz Silver, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- Silver Crown, The Three Graces, Saint Helena 2021
- £5 Wedgwood Jasperware (Ceramic), The Three Graces, Tristan da Cunha 2018

Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces: Known varieties
Variety Special Edition
Images Tristan da Cunha / Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces / Special Edition - obverse photo Tristan da Cunha / Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces / Special Edition - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 449
Details

White enamel is applied to the figures, the text, and the Greek decoration around the rim.

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Five Pounds 2018 The Three Graces: Details
CountryTristan da Cunha
CurrencyTristan da Cunha Pound
Coin TypeFive Pounds
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Joel Iskowitz
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage3,000
CurrentYes
MaterialWedgwood Jasperware
DesignerWilliam Wyon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size65.000 mm
Mass39.000 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-LWBJ-EMDY
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