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Behind the Craft - Lucky Angel

“Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.”

How do certain coins become known as ‘lucky’ coins? In 1792, Augustin Dupré was commissioned by King Louis XVI to design a new French coinage and presented a design featuring an angel on a pedestal.

While the design proved popular, Dupre soon fell under suspicion of harbouring revolutionary ideas and was sentenced to execution. But he somehow managed to escape the cold touch of the guillotine, supposedly by bribing his guards with one of his Angel Coins.

The story took hold, and the Angel Coin quickly gained a reputation as a ‘lucky’ coin.

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2023 Lucky Angel 1oz Silver Proof Coin with Selective Gold Plate

ONLY 500 COINS WORLDWIDE

A saving grace, a symbol of luck, a mis-placed charm; the ‘lucky’ Angel coin is reimagined for the 21st Century with the new 2023 Angel Coin.

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19th Century Navy captains wouldn’t leave port without an Angel in their purses. Napoleon himself was not beyond its charms and is believed to have carried one everywhere, only to fatefully lose it the day before his final defeat at Waterloo. The legend continued deep into the 20th Century, with pilots fighting in Vietnam and Iraq flying with a ‘lucky’ Angel in their cockpits.
• Strictly limited edition of just 500 coins worldwide
• One ounce of sparkling 999 fine silver
• Selectively plated with 999.9 fine gold
• The Lucky Angel, reimagined for the 21st Century
• Elegant new design by celebrated artist Chiara Principe
• Struck to our highest Proof quality finish
• Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet

Product Detail

19th Century Navy captains wouldn’t leave port without an Angel in their purses. Napoleon himself was not beyond its charms and is believed to have carried one everywhere, only to fatefully lose it the day before his final defeat at Waterloo. The legend continued deep into the 20th Century, with pilots fighting in Vietnam and Iraq flying with a ‘lucky’ Angel in their cockpits.
• Strictly limited edition of just 500 coins worldwide
• One ounce of sparkling 999 fine silver
• Selectively plated with 999.9 fine gold
• The Lucky Angel, reimagined for the 21st Century
• Elegant new design by celebrated artist Chiara Principe
• Struck to our highest Proof quality finish
• Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet

Specification

  • Alloy

    Fine silver - 999Ag with 24ct selective gold plate

  • Denomination

    £1

  • Weight

    1oz

  • Authority

    St Helena

  • Diameter

    38.6mm

  • Edge

    Milled

  • Issue limit

    500

  • Total Mintage

    500

Stories

Lucky Angels Story

Good luck. A stroke of luck. A lucky streak.

Down on your luck. Tough luck.

The luck of the Irish. The luck of the devil.

Have one for luck. But don’t push your luck.

Because Lady Luck is a fickle mistress.

In all probability, the word luck was first used in the Middle Ages, and now has a long-standing association with coins; the lucky penny as a gift for a new-born baby; the lucky silver sixpence, stirred into a Christmas pudding to bring luck to whoever finds it in their bowl on Christmas Day (hopefully without the bad luck of a broken tooth!).
This is true around the world too; the US Silver Dollar is often referred to as the ‘lucky’ silver dollar, while the Japanese five-yen coin is often placed inside a new wallet when given as a gift to wish the receiver good luck. Indeed the Japanese words for ‘five yen’ are go on, a phrase often used between friends to wish each other luck.

Now, as luck would have it, one of history’s luckiest coins, the Angel, is available once more.

So, are you feeling lucky?

A saving grace, a symbol of luck, a mis-placed charm; the ‘lucky’ Angel coin has played many roles in its long history. Now it is reimagined for the 21st Century with this new 2023 Angel Coin design by the celebrated artist Chiara Principe.

The powerful yet elegant Angel carries a laurel wreath to represent honour, victory and peace, while the bees either side of her wings create a connection back to Napoleon, who adopted the humble, hardworking bee as the symbol of his reign.

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