Two-Coin Set Celebrates the Bicentenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria
- Famous Una and the Lion design recreated in Silver Proof and Reverse Frosted finishes
- Proof version available only in this Limited Edition set
- Limited to 500 pieces worldwide
Pobjoy Mint is delighted to release a set that contains two 2019 Silver Una and the Lion coins in both Proof and Reverse Frosted finishes. The proof version is only available in this Limited Edition set, giving it a mintage of 500 coins worldwide.
The reverse design is a recreation of the beautiful and famous Una & the Lion design of 1839, created by the celebrated 19th-century numismatic sculptor William Wyon. The theme for the coin was drawn from Edmund Spenser’s poem “The Faerie Queene” (1590), which tells the tale of Princess Una after St. George had slain the dragon and rescued her. During the course of their travels, Una meets a lion that was so mesmerized by her beauty he became her companion and protector. For the design, Una was modeled on the 19-year-old Queen Victoria and shows Una, representing truth and purity gracefully pointing the way forward with the lion beside her. The lion passant gardant is an ancient symbol of Britain.
The wording ‘DIEU ET MON DROIT’ meaning ‘God and my Right’, the motto of the British monarch, appears in the surround of the coin with the year 2019 – MMXIX – shown in Roman numerals beneath the plinth on which Una and the Lion stand.
It is particularly apt that this coin is being issued on behalf of the Government of the British Virgin Islands as, during the reign of Queen Victoria, the harvesting of salt was one an annual tradition on Salt Island. The residents would gather once a year to harvest the salt from the lake and it became customary for the Administrator of the Virgin Islands and later the Government of the Virgin Islands to send one pound of salt to the Monarch on their birthday. This tradition disappeared but in 2015 it was renewed and for the first time in many years a pound of salt from Salt Island was presented to the sovereign.
The obverse of these coins features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, produced exclusively for Pobjoy Mint.
These coins are shipped encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a stunning red set box with a special numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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