The government and treasury of St. Helena, in association with the East India Company (EIC), have released a new silver version of their successful series entitled “The Empire Collection.” The collection chronicles the establishment and history of ...

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St. Helena and East India Company: Silver crown coin version of popular “Empire Collection” celebrates the history of the EIC and more...

St. Helena and East India Company: Silver crown coin version of popular “Empire Collection” celebrates the history of the EIC

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in association with the East India Company (EIC), have released a new silver version of their successful series entitled “The Empire Collection.” The collection chronicles the establishment and history of the East India Company by highlighting the specific monarchs throughout their more than two and a half centuries and the important developments that occurred at the time. The history of the East India Company is like no other commercial entity. From its very first voyage in January 1601, until it was dissolved and absorbed into the British Crown in 1874, The East India Company laid the foundation of the British Empire in the East.

Following the bestseller success of the gold versions of this set, a silver version of nine crown-size one-ounce coins has been issued by the treasury. Each coin recreates the effigies which appeared on English and British during their respective reigns, beginning with Queen Elizabeth I, who, in 1600, granted a collective of English merchants a royal charter to trade internationally as “The Governor and Company of Merchants in London.” Almost immediately, they began their efforts to trade in the East Indies, and the East India Company was initiated the year after. The coin set includes a further eight coins and consists of a selection of key ruling monarchs from James I to Victoria. The 2019-dated set includes the same designs seen on the earlier gold coins issued in 2017, but have transitioned onto these larger silver Proof examples.

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Each piece of the impressive and historic Empire Collection tells the story of the history of the British Empire in the East and features the monarchs’ portraits as they appeared on national, or in the case of Queen Victoria, her colonial coinage, issued in India. Each Proof coin is faithfully designed to reflect the style and appearance of the original coinage of its monarch, creating a series unrivalled in design, detail, and craftsmanship. The series tells the remarkable and unique story of the world’s only trading company with the sole right to issue its own coinage.

The obverse of each coin bears the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II which was created by engraver Jody Clark and is now the current numismatic portrait used on a wide variety of British Commonwealth countries.

 Denom. Metal Weight Diameter Quality Maximum Sets
25 pence x nine .999 Silver 31.1 g 38.6 mm Proof 1,000


The nine coins are housed in a custom polished case accommodating an integrated easel enabling the display of the collection in its entirety. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included. For additional information about these coins and others issued by the treasury of St. Helena, please visit the website of the East India Company.

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Niue: New Proof and colour four-pointed, star-shaped coin remembers first royal visit to Canada

The government and treasury of Niue have issued new collector coins which remember the first-ever royal tour of Canada, which occurred 80 years ago and set the standard for such future royal visits. With the accession and coronation of HM King George VI in December 1936 and May 1937, respectively, increased interest in the royal couple by many Canadians resulted in an announced visit by their Majesties in 1939. The tour would be the first-ever of any reigning British monarch and would include multi-stopovers to every Canadian province at the time.

It was becoming more apparent that war was looming, and one of the main reasons for the royal tour was to stimulate Canadian affection and support for Britain in what was going to be an imminent world-wide conflict. An enormous amount of work went into the preparation of the royal tour, which would also include a personal visit with President and Mrs. Roosevelt. The King and Queen arrived in Canada by ship and travelled across the country by train accompanied by the-then Prime Minister Mackenzie King. Both the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National Railways offered their services, and a royal train was assembled using some of their best carriages. Well-wishers greeted the train at every stop much to the delight of King George and Queen Elizabeth. The tour lasted from the 17th May to the 15th June, taking in nearly 80 stops along the way and was considered an enormous success. Encompassing Canada, Newfoundland, and the United States, the royal couple took the opportunity to visit Mount Vernon on the 9th June, the 1939 New York World’s Fair on the 10th June, and had dinner at President Roosevelt’s estate at Hyde Park on the 11th June, before resuming their Canadian tour.

To mark the event in Canada, a special commemorative silver dollar was issued depicting the Parliament in Ottawa, which was only Canada’s second commemorative dollar coin, and is widely collected today.

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The coin’s design is based on two elements of the royal visit: The shape of the coin is that of the four-pointed Royal Star, and includes dual effigies of the King and Queen originally designed by British engraver Percy Metcalf for souvenir silver and bronze medals issued for the occasion 80 years ago. Also included for this coin is the Canadian crest, which appeared on the commemorative medal and a garland of maple leaves. The commemorative years 1939 and 2019 are seen on the outlines of maple leaves placed on each side of the portraits.

The obverse design features floral symbols of the United Kingdom: The rose (England), thistle (Scotland), leek (Wales), and Shamrock (Ireland), along with an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.

 Denom.

Metal

Weight Dimensions Quality

Maximum Mintage

One dollar

.999 Silver

31.1 g 40 x 40 mm Proof with applied colour

2,000


The coins are specially encapsulated to accommodate their dimensions and shape and are presented in a custom case along with a certificate of authenticity. For more details, please visit the website of the Royal Canadian Mint.

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CIT: Manannán, first king of Man

Isle of Man. Five pounds. 2019. Silver .999. ca. three ounces 55 millimeters. Antique finish. Mintage: 999 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.

Description

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The obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, below the inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II ISLE OF MAN 2019 / FIVE POUNDS in the hub of a Celtic cross, of which the beams and the surrounding ring are adorned with Celtic interlace decoration.

The reverse is dedicated to King Manannán: It shows him in front of the Celtic cross in full armor, down on one knee, with his head humbly lowered. In front of him, he holds his sword, Fragarach, on which the triskelion of the Isle of Man can be seen. On the left arm, he carries the victory-bringing shield. Above, is the inscription MANANNÁN / 1st KING OF MAN.

Background

In 2019 the Isle of Man dedicates a spectacular commemorative coin to their name-giving hero, the Warrior-King Manannán. Manannán is the trickster of Celtic mythology, the hero, who, with his great ideas, inspired even the gods to succumb. As the son of the sea god Ler, he disposes of an abundance of magical objects, which he generously lends to the heroes leaving for battle. These include his sword named Fragarach (“the answerer”), his horse Enbarr of the flowing mane, his ship Scuabtuinne (“wave sweeper”), that flies over the sea without sail and oar, and his coat, that with the help of the magical fog Feth fiada (“mist of the Lord”) renders one invisible and invulnerable.

Manannán is a hero that appears in many Celtic myths and often introduces a decisive turn of events, but seldom plays the central part. Even if he guards the way to the world-beyond and supports the dead on their way to the afterworld, he does not display his power, but humbly steps back to leave the stage to others. The depiction of him on the commemorative coin thus shows him kneeling, head-lowered, and has his face concealed by a helmet.

Thanks to smartminting technology, the sculpture of the hero of Eirinn and the first king of Mannin (“Isle of Man”) has become a small, three-dimensional piece of art that inspires the viewer to dream of mythical times, during which a single honest man, with the help of the gods, was able to turn the destiny of the world toward a better future.

To learn more about the coin, please click here.

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British Virgin Islands: Limited edition of the Pegasus silver coins includes privy mark to remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day

The treasury of the British Virgin Islands has announced (31st May) the issue of a special limited edition of their silver bullion coin, the Pegasus, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. To mark this important anniversary, the new Pegasus coins will be minted with an exceptional privy mark to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The new limited edition Pegasus includes a unique privy mark showing a paratrooper with the year 1944 incused into the canopy. To make the coins even more prestigious, they are being struck on Thursday 6th June 2019, to remember those who made so many sacrifices on that date 75 years ago.

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The coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the treasury of the British Virgin Islands. The reverse design of a winged Pegasus on his hind legs is accompanied with the privy mark showing a paratrooper falling down towards Pegasus to symbolise the paratroopers who risked their lives to take Pegasus Bridge during World War II. Originally named the “Benouville Bridge,” it was renamed “Pegasus Bridge” on 26th June 1944 in honour of being the first objective taken by the airborne troops in the Normandy campaign. As the badge of the regiment to which the paratroopers belonged featured the winged horse, Pegasus Bridge was an obvious choice.

The obverse side features an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which is an exclusive design of the Pobjoy Mint. The year of issue, 2019, is included in the legend surrounding the Queen’s likeness, as is the coin’s issuer, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS.

This particular day (and therefore the coin) has a special significance to the Pobjoy family, as Derek Pobjoy’s uncle, Dennis, was one of the paratroopers who landed in enemy territory at the very start of “the longest day,” which is why Pobjoy Mint was commissioned to produce this unique coin.

 Denom.

Metal

Weight Diameter Quality

Maximum Mintage

10 dollars

.999 Silver

31.1 g 38.6 mm Brilliant Unc.

1,944

Each coin will be struck on Thursday, 6th June 2019, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

In order to maintain the exclusivity of this piece, no more than 1,944 of the one-ounce fine .999 silver coins will be produced. Each coin will be accompanied by a special certificate, which will be numbered to accentuate the exclusivity of this coin. For additional information about this coin and others issued by the treasury of the British Virgin Islands, please visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint.

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Sierra Leone: Fourth “Big Five” wildlife double-crown features the sleek leopard

The Bank of Sierra Leone has issued (30th May) the fourth double silver crown coins which form a collection series entitled the “Big Five.” This term refers to those magnificent animals who freely inhabit the African continent and whose presence in the wild is both breathtaking and reassuring. The Big five include the African elephant, the lion, the rhinoceros, and the sleek leopard. A coin featuring the Water Buffalo is due for release later this year.

Africa’s Big Five are the undisputed superstars of any safari and continue to be the primary reason so many tourists venture to Western and Southern Africa, where many of these animals thrive in their natural habitat. The term “Big Five” was initially created by game hunters to represent the most challenging game to hunt. Thankfully, due to the constant efforts of conservationists and governments, going on safari these days means the only item pointed at these magnificent animals is a camera lens. To those looking for an adventure that is unlike any other, an African safari is probably the answer. With breathtaking landscapes and fantastic wildlife, Africa is a world apart, and it would be easy to be lost in the magic of this part of the world. The different species of African wildlife are all incredible, but everyone goes hoping to catch a glimpse of the Big Five in their element and to be able to tick them off their bucket lists.

The fourth coin features the leopard (Panthera pardus), which is the most elusive of all the Big Five animals. There are nine recognised sub-species, and currently, the leopard is native to 35 countries in Africa from the borders of Sub-Saharan to Southern Africa. As these cats are naturally shy and exclusively nocturnal, leopards spend their days hidden from view. They are superb climbers, using the trees to scan the surrounding area for prey and also to store their catches away from other predators. Leopards are remarkably camouflaged with their spotted coats. They cover exceptionally vast territories and their natural prowess for hunting relies on their amazing capability of running at speeds of over 35 miles (56 kilometres) an hour. They can range in weight from 37 to 143 pounds (17 to 65 kilograms) can be 5 to 7.5 feet (1.6 to 2.3 meters) long. In the wild, they will typically live between 10 to 12 years, but in captivity, their age can almost double up to 23 years. Leopards are themselves carnivorous and will hunt about anything they can bring down, their diets varying from strong-scented carrion, fish, reptiles, and birds, to mammals ranging from rodents to baboons. However, their only predators are humans as they are often hunted for their distinctive and beautiful spotted fur.

A female leopard will deliver a litter of cubs, usually two to three, after a gestation period of 10 weeks. During this time, she will abandon her nomadic lifestyle until the cubs are large enough to accompany her. She instinctively keeps them hidden for the first eight weeks of their life and may move them from one location to another until they are old enough to start learning to hunt. The cubs get their first taste of meat in six or seven weeks and stop suckling after about three months, but will continue to live with their mothers for about two years. Many of the sub-species have been listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s data as a threatened overall species since 1986.

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The coins are produced by the Pobjoy Mint at their facilities in Surrey, England, on behalf of the Bank of Sierra Leone. They are specially minted in high relief and on two-ounce weighted fine silver polished blanks. The obverse side of the coins features the front-facing head of a leopard styled as an African mask. The special incused rim features African pattern to continue the theme and includes the denomination of 20 DOLLARS.

The reverse of the coins features the crest of the Republic of Sierra Leone, which is centred in the middle of the coin with the text REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE placed above the crest. The year of issue, 2019, is shown beneath the crest.

 Denom.

Metal

Weight Diameter Quality

Maximum Mintage

20 dollars

.999 Silver

62.2 g 50 mm Proof

500


This is the fourth coin in the series, with the last coin to be released featuring the water buffalo later this year. Each two-ounce fine silver coin has been produced in high relief and is encased in a creative Perspex container in the shape of a square which frames the coin, allowing for easy display. The frame is packaged in an outer-printed sleeve and includes the certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this coin and others issued by the Bank of Sierra Leone, please visit the website of the Pobjoy Mint.

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