Behind the Craft - Una & The Lion 2024

Behind the Craft - Una & The Lion 2024

Oct 06 , 2023

The legend of Una & the Lion dates back to Edmund Spencer’s epic 16th Century poem The Faerie Queene, believed to be an allegory for the life of Queen Elizabeth I.

More than 200 years later the idea of Una representing a strong female monarch influenced a coin design produced to mark the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria.

William Wyon’s 1839 design cast Victoria as Una, the young Queen still only 20 years old but shown to be radiating grace and poise.

Beside her was a mighty lion representing the British nation, its barely suppressed power and energy being guided forward by Una’s hand.