Una, the beautiful princess on a quest to release her parents from a dragon. The Lion, her faithful companion, protecting her from harm.
A Modern Interpretation of a Legendary Tale.
THE FAIRY TALE CONTINUES…
Since 2020 our Una & the Lion limited edition gold and silver coin collection has captured the hearts of modern collectors across the world.
Designed by world renowned coin engraver Glyn Davies, 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.
THE 2023 UNA & THE LION COLLECTION
Our long awaited 2023 Una & the Lion coin collection continues with strictly limited edition gold and silver coins. Featuring the iconic pairing for the first time with the official St Helena effigy of His Majesty King Charles III, interestingly both obverse and reverse of the coins have been designed by Glyn Davies.
2023 sees Una & her protector seated and facing forward surrounded by foliage. The balance of power, strength and innocence perfectly captured.
INSPIRED BY THE LEGENDARY TALE
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.
CAPTURED IN COINAGE SINCE 1839
More than 200 years after The Faerie Queene was first published, the theme of Una representing a strong female monarch harnessing the power of a mighty beast, the British Empire was translated into a coin design.
The 1839 five-pound piece was produced to mark the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria and featured a bold neoclassical design by William Wyon.
Today this iconic 1839 Una & the Lion coin is considered one of the most beautiful British coins ever produced with an NGC graded version realising approximately $930,000 at auction as recently as May 2020.
Highly sought after and admired, Una & the Lion remains today one of numismatics most globally recognised pairing.