The East India Company Bullion Ltd. and the treasury of St. Helena have released (17th July) their new 2019-dated “Tiger” silver one-ounce Proof-quality cash coin. The bold Tiger coin celebrates India’s national animal and highlights the fact that the tiger is one of the world’s most endangered species.
As the national animal of India, the tiger occupies a prominent position and meaning in Indian culture. For centuries it has been a symbol of power, strength, and grace, and is also closely associated with bravery and valour. In Hindu mythology, this majestic animal symbolises the possession of unlimited power. The Goddess Durga Bhagwati, or the Divine Mother, rides a tiger to demonstrate her power to protect virtue and destroy evil.
The species’ scientific name is Panthera tigris, the Royal Bengal tiger represents strength, elegance, and endurance. Well protected in India, genetic research confirms that this species of tiger arrived over 12,000 years ago. While all tigers are considered endangered, the royal Bengal tiger is the most numerous of all tiger sub-species with approximately 2,500 tigers left in the wild. The creation of India’s tiger reserves in the 1970s helped to stabilise its numbers, but poaching in recent years has again put the Bengal tiger in danger.
It is the first release in the highly anticipated Treasures of India Collection series. Displayed on a patterned background, the Tiger silver coin is the first creation by animal portraitist Veronica Mackinnon, who has precisely captured the elegance and strength of this majestic creature, which is shown stealthily pacing towards the viewer on the reverse side. The text around the primary design reads ONE OUNCE CASH .999 SILVER, referencing the historic “Cash” coin denominations frequently used in Asia during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The distinctive “EIC” mintmark is placed to the lower left.
The obverse includes the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by engraver Jody Clark on a laser-engraved patterned background. The text around the Queen’s portrait is surrounded by her legend ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F. D. ST HELENA, along with the denomination of ONE POUND and the year of issue 2019.
|31.1 g||38.6 mm||Proof||
The release of the new 2019 Tiger one-ounce silver Brilliant Uncirculated cash coin, in partnership with U.S. based precious metal retailer APMEX Inc., is part of a new series of limited-edition investment quality bullion coins issued for the silver coin collector and bullion investor. Exceptionally limited to just 3,000 Brilliant Uncirculated one-ounce silver coins worldwide, the Tiger coin will be followed by further releases of silver coins celebrating India’s vast animal kingdom. For additional information, please click here.
These items are on pre-sale with an expected ship date of 22nd August 2019. The entire order will ship upon their arrival.