The treasury of the British Virgin Islands government has released (4th May) a new bullion-quality silver coin paying tribute to the Lincoln Memorial built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial is perhaps one of the most popular and admired national landmarks visited in the United States capital. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. across from the Washington Monument. The statue in the Lincoln Memorial was carved by Piccirilli Brothers under the supervision of the sculptor Daniel Chester French and took four years to complete. The statue, which was originally intended to be only 10 feet (three metres) tall, finally stood at an imposing 19 feet (5.8 metres) tall with the statue of a seated Lincoln enclosed inside the open-space memorial. The white marble from which the statue was carved was obtained from the state of Georgia, weighed 175 tons, and had to be shipped in 28 separate pieces. The enclosure is in the form of a Neoclassical temple designed by the architect Henry Bacon, who modelled the Lincoln Memorial after the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The memorial itself is surrounded by 36 fluted Doric columns with a height of 44 feet, one for each of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death. Above the colonnade inscribed on the frieze are the names of 36 states and the dates on which they entered the Union. At the time of the dedication, 48 states made up the Union and at the very top of the memorial, the names of each state are inscribed.
The dedication ceremony, which took place on the 30th May 1922, was officiated by President Warren G. Harding in the presence of many foreign dignitaries and almost every senator and congressman in attendance. Also present was Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, who was 79 years old. As a testament to Lincoln’s resolve in keeping the American union together, a number of Civil War veterans attended the dedication. Directly behind the statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the memorial chamber is an inscription which reads:
IN THIS TEMPLE
AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
IS ENSHRINED FOREVER
The coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint at their facilities in Surrey, England, on behalf of the treasury of the British Virgin Islands. Featured on the reverse is the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln as he is seen in the memorial. Above the primary design is the inscription ABRAHAM LINCOLN along the upper edge and below is the coins’ denomination of $1. A silver bullion privy mark P is also present and shown just next to Lincoln’s left hand with the coins’ weight and fineness Ag.999. 1oz seen to the lower-right edge. The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is an exclusive design of the Pobjoy Mint. The issuing authority BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS is placed around the Queen’s likeness with the year of issue 2022 placed within the legend.
|31.1 g||38.6 mm||Bullion||
Each coin is struck using a Reverse Frosted bullion process enhancing the relief design on both the obverse and reverse and only a maximum of 5,000 will be minted. The coins are enclosed in a heat-sealed vinyl holder; consignments of 10 or more are enclosed in a sealed tube. For additional information, please click here.