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Behind the Craft - Faerie Queene 2024

First published in 1590, Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene is 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, believed to be an allegory for the life of Queen Elizabeth I.

The East India Company Collections Ltd.’s precious metal coin collection sees Spenser’s tales of honour, chivalry, love and virtue reimagined by one of the world’s leading coin designers, Joel Iskowitz, whose series of coin designs captures the drama and heroism of Book One of Spenser’s epic.

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2024 Faerie Queene Redcross & the Dragon 2oz Gold Proof Coin

ONLY 25 COINS WORLDWIDE
Despatch from 5th February 2024

‘The Faerie Queene’ series continues with the epic final battle between Redcrosse and the Dragon.

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Book One tells the story of The Redcrosse Knight and his quest to rescue the Lady Una’s parents from an evil dragon. As the pair approached the tower where her mother and father were held, the dragon reared high over their heads, its wings spread wide to block out the sun and its writhing vastness covered in tightly laced scales that seemed to offer no hope of wounding it.
• The third coin in our exclusive Faerie Queene series
• Limited edition of just 25 coins worldwide
• Two ounces of gleaming 999.9 fine gold
• Illustrative new design by the celebrated artist Joel Iskowitz
• Struck to our finest Proof quality
• Presented in a luxury display case with certificate of authenticity

Product Detail

Book One tells the story of The Redcrosse Knight and his quest to rescue the Lady Una’s parents from an evil dragon. As the pair approached the tower where her mother and father were held, the dragon reared high over their heads, its wings spread wide to block out the sun and its writhing vastness covered in tightly laced scales that seemed to offer no hope of wounding it.
• The third coin in our exclusive Faerie Queene series
• Limited edition of just 25 coins worldwide
• Two ounces of gleaming 999.9 fine gold
• Illustrative new design by the celebrated artist Joel Iskowitz
• Struck to our finest Proof quality
• Presented in a luxury display case with certificate of authenticity

Specification

  • Alloy

    Fine Gold - 999.9Au

  • Denomination

    £5

  • Weight

    2oz

  • Authority

    St Helena

  • Diameter

    45mm

  • Edge

    Milled

  • Issue limit

    25

  • Total Mintage

    25

Stories

Story of Redcrosse

Despite the dragon’s size and apparent invincibility Redcrosse wounded the beast who retaliated with a furious torrent of flame that sent the knight tumbling down a deep, dark well.

But luck was with Redcrosse. For this was no ordinary well, but the Well of Life. As he lay in its magical waters his wounds healed and he emerged ready to fight again. He struck a blow that opened a deep gash in the beast’s head, provoking such a rage that the dragon’s fire and smoke caused the land to fall into darkness.
Redcrosse fell, burned and bloodied, at the foot of a tree laden with enchanted apples that restored his strength once more. He rose the next morning fully renewed, and as the monster attacked it opened its fierce jaws to emit a terrible roar, allowing Redcrosse to thrust his lance deep into the dragon’s mouth and pierce its skull.

With a deafening crash the dragon fell, its final breath vanishing into the air. Redcrosse stood exhausted but triumphant, with Una’s tearful thanks and prayers filling his ears.

This third coin in our popular Fairie Queene series captures the dramatic scene as Redcrosse prepares to land his decisive blow in a classical design by the celebrated coin and medal artist Joel Iskowitz.

This 2oz gold coin is presented in a bespoke display case with a Certificate of Authenticity. Its design reflects the illustrative storytelling of this period in history, every detail perfectly enhanced by our finest Proof quality finish.

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