The government and treasury of St. Helena, in partnership with the East India Company Bullion Ltd., have released (19th October) the first of a new six-coin gold and silver Proof series entitled “The Queen’s Virtues” — a beautiful collection of six designs which focuses on the virtues in all our lives that remain as important as ever, especially during unsettled times.
Acclaimed Dutch artist Elles Kloosterman creates the exquisite designs in the six-coin gold and silver Proof collection. Their reverse illustrations are fittingly based on the acclaimed Victoria Memorial situated outside Buckingham Palace. Designed and sculpted by noted artist and medallist Sir Thomas Brock (1847–1922) after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, The Winged Angel of Victory is placed at the very top with six allegorical figures representing Queen Victoria’s virtues. Represented on three of the four sides are personifications of Justice, Truth, and Charity. Placed at the feet of Victory are the allegorical figures of Courage and Constancy. Courage wears a helmet and bears a club, while Constancy holds a ship’s compass — both in cloaks billowing in the breeze.
The first coins dated 2021 feature Victory with a detailed depiction of the standing allegorical figure atop the monument; she is carrying a victor’s palm in her left hand. Above the design along the edge is the text VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT (“Victory through Harmony”). The distinctive EIC privy mark is placed to the lower-right, a mark of quality applied to all East India Company’s modern coinage.
The obverse side includes the Commonwealth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by engraver Jody Clark and introduced onto the coinage of St. Helena in 2019.
The issuing authority ST HELENA is included in the legend surrounding the Queen’s likeness with the denomination included below.
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Each silver Proof coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom matte white case and is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The gold examples are encapsulated and encased in a custom white and red accented hardwood case and are accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information about the new collection, please visit the website of the East India Company.
Special promotional offer — In celebration of the first release and in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the East India Company is pleased to offer the following sales promotion to both British and international collectors:
One-ounce gold coin — customer purchasing from the East India Company website will receive a complimentary EIC Hamper worth over £180. To qualify, please enter VICTORYGOLD at checkout.
One-ounce silver Proof coin — customers purchasing from the East India Company website will receive complimentary Royal Flush tea caddy worth £20. To qualify enter VICTORYSILVER at the checkout.
The offer is valid until the 31st October 2020.
Planned Schedule of Releases:
VICTORY — VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT — “Victory through Harmony” 19th OCTOBER 2020
TRUTH — VINCIT VERITAS OMNIA — “Truth Conquers All” SPRING 2021
CHARITY — IN OMNIBUS CARITAS — “In All Things Charity” FALL 2021
JUSTICE — FIAT JUSTITIA — “Let Justice Be Done” SPRING 2022
COURAGE — CONSILIO ET ANIMIS — “By Wisdom and Courage” FALL 2022
CONSTANCY — INTER MUTANDA CONSTANTIA — “Steadfast in the midst of change” SPRING 2023