2022 1 oz St Helena Una and the Lion .999 Silver BU Coin
The legend of Una & the Lion dates back to the 16th Century and Edmund Spencer’s epic poem The Faerie Queene, a classic work of medieval English literature. At over 36,000 lines long, its six books contain one of the longest poems in the English language, each book telling stories of different knights on their various quests to prove or demonstrate their particular virtues. As a whole, it is believed to be an allegory of the life and achievements of Queen Elizabeth I, but it is in Book One where we meet the heroic figure of Una.
Una is a beautiful princess on a quest to save her mother and father from a cruel dragon who has imprisoned them in a tower. To help her defeat the dragon, she searches for the Redcrosse knight, whose destiny is to become St. George, the patron saint of England.
While on her journey Una enters a dark secluded wood, where she encounters a fierce lion who launches an attack on her. However, before he is able to leap upon his prey his initial rage is replaced by wonder, his anger subdued as he is instantly captivated by Una’s beauty and innocence. Instead of tearing her to pieces, he kisses her weary feet and licks her hands. He becomes her strong guard and faithful companion, forever by her side, filling her with courage and protecting her from harm.
The 2022 Una & the Lion has been created by designer Glyn Davies. His elegant, determined Una and the powerful but poised lion sit facing each other, staring deeply into each others eyes as they ponder their next move, seeming to communicate their thoughts, hopes and fears through their held gaze. His modern retelling of this ancient bond captures all the grace, courage and trust of the original story of this brave princess and the mighty beast at her side.
- Second release in the St Helena Una and the Lion series
- Limited Mintage of just 10,000
- Contains 1oz of .999 silver
- Packaged in tubes of 19 and a monster box of 475
- Reverse features Una and the lion sit facing each other, staring deeply into each others eyes
- Obverse features a uniquely patterned obverse which includes an elegant effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley
|Series||Una and the Lion|
|Inner Packaging||Tube of 19 coins|
|Outer Packaging||Box of 475 coins|
|Box & Certificate||No|