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Behind the Craft - Una & the Lion

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. 

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2023 Una & The Lion 1oz Gold Proof Coin

ONLY 200 COINS WORLDWIDE

£2,795.00
The 2023 Una & The Lion Collection sees their ancient legend retold with a new, contemporary design by Glyn Davies.

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This powerfully elegant 2023 design by Glyn Davies captures the inseparable bond and unwavering courage of Una & the Lion, giving equal prominence to these two legendary characters. The design’s Art Nouveau influences beautifully emphasise the fantastical nature of Spenser’s epic poem and the steely determination of the brave princess and mighty beast at her side.
• A strictly limited edition of just 200 coins worldwide
• One ounce of gleaming 999.9Au fine gold
• Beautiful contemporary interpretation by designer Glyn Davies
• Struck to our highest Proof quality finish
• Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet
• First Una & Lion coin collection to feature portrait of King Charles III by Glyn Davies

Product Detail

This powerfully elegant 2023 design by Glyn Davies captures the inseparable bond and unwavering courage of Una & the Lion, giving equal prominence to these two legendary characters. The design’s Art Nouveau influences beautifully emphasise the fantastical nature of Spenser’s epic poem and the steely determination of the brave princess and mighty beast at her side.
• A strictly limited edition of just 200 coins worldwide
• One ounce of gleaming 999.9Au fine gold
• Beautiful contemporary interpretation by designer Glyn Davies
• Struck to our highest Proof quality finish
• Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet
• First Una & Lion coin collection to feature portrait of King Charles III by Glyn Davies

Specification

  • Alloy

    Fine Gold - 999.9Au

  • Denomination

    £5

  • Weight

    1oz

  • Authority

    St Helena

  • Diameter

    32mm

  • Edge

    Milled

  • Issue limit

    200

  • Total Mintage

    200

Stories

The Story of Una & the Lion

The story of Una & the Lion is told in the first book of Edmund Spenser’s medieval epic The Faerie Queene, one of the longest poems in British literary history.

Una is a beautiful princess who, on a quest to save her mother and father from a cruel dragon, is searching for Redcrosse, a noble knight whose destiny is to become St. George, the patron saint of England.

During her journey she faces many challenges that test her humility and determination, including when she is confronted by a fierce lion.
Amazed by her beauty, compassion, and humbleness his rage turns to enchantment, and as Una continues on her quest the lion becomes her strong guard and faithful companion – keeping her from harm’s way.

Inspired by the history and symbolism of the prestigious pair, East India Company Collections’ exclusive ‘Una and the Lion’ series brings a modern perspective to this historic tale, with a new design released every year and issued as strictly limited editions.

The East India Company’s celebrated annual Una & the Lion series continues with this stunning new design by Glyn Davies, offering contemporary collectors a modern twist on the ancient legend of heroic Una and her devoted companion the Lion.

This strictly limited 1oz gold coin has been struck to our highest Proof quality to beautifully emphasise every detail of Glyn Davies’ stunning design. It is presented in a luxury display case along with its certificate of authenticity.

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