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Behind the Craft - Wyon's Una and the Lion Sovereign

In 1839, to mark the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria, master engraver William Wyon created what is widely recognised as one of the world's most beautiful coins. The majestic gold £5 piece introduced the iconic duo of Una, the beautiful princess, and the lion, her faithful protector to the world of numismatics. Depicting Una as the young queen, guiding her nation represented by the lion, surrounded by the Latin phrase DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS (May the Lord direct my steps).

Today Wyon’s original Una & the Lion £5 gold coin fetches some of the highest prices in numismatic auctions across the world. With only 100 coins ever made, only the very select few are lucky enough to acquire one.

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2024 Wyon's Una & the Lion Piedfort Sovereign Gold Proof Coin

ONLY 199 COINS WORLDWIDE
Shipping From 24th of June

William Wyon's Una & the Lion in a majestic 'Piedfort' 22ct Sovereign specification in celebration of a design regarded as the most beautiful British coin of all time.

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This special edition 2024 Piedfort Sovereign gold coin featuring Wyon’s iconic design is strictly limited to just 199 coins worldwide and issued in rare 'Piedfort' double thickness presentation pieces, reserved for the most prestigious coins.
• Wyon's Una & the Lion captured for the first time in a Piedfort Sovereign coin specification
• Strictly limited edition presentation of just 199 coins worldwide
• Majestic 'Piedfort' specification reserved for the rarest numistmatic pieces
• Double the weight and thickness of a Proof Sovereign
• 0.471 troy ounces of 22 carat gold
• Struck in gleaming 22ct gold to our highest Proof quality finish
• Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet

Product Detail

This special edition 2024 Piedfort Sovereign gold coin featuring Wyon’s iconic design is strictly limited to just 199 coins worldwide and issued in rare 'Piedfort' double thickness presentation pieces, reserved for the most prestigious coins.
• Wyon's Una & the Lion captured for the first time in a Piedfort Sovereign coin specification
• Strictly limited edition presentation of just 199 coins worldwide
• Majestic 'Piedfort' specification reserved for the rarest numistmatic pieces
• Double the weight and thickness of a Proof Sovereign
• 0.471 troy ounces of 22 carat gold
• Struck in gleaming 22ct gold to our highest Proof quality finish
• Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet

Specification

  • Alloy

    22ct Gold 0.9167Au

  • Denomination

    Sovereign

  • Weight

    15.96g

  • Authority

    St Helena

  • Diameter

    22.05mm

  • Edge

    Milled

  • Issue limit

    199

  • Total Mintage

    199

Stories

Wyon's Una Sovereign

Wyon’s reputation as one of history’s greatest coin engravers is forever linked to the reign of Queen Victoria. When Victoria was crowned Queen in 1838 Wyon created the iconic ‘Young Head’ portrait, which was so well liked by the monarch that it graced the coins of her reign for nearly 50 years. In 1839, one of Wyon's most famous designs depicted the young queen Victoria as the princess Una guiding her Lion, representing the British Empire with a sceptre. It was to become one of the artsist defining moments cementing his status as one of Britain's Master Engravers.
When designing the famous £5 coin to commemorate the first anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation, Wyon took inspiration from Edmund Spenser’s epic medieval poem; The Faerie Queene. Una is a young princess on a quest to free her parents who have been imprisoned by a dragon. She is symbolic of innocence and truth.

Una meets a lion, initially fierce but quickly subdued as he is captivated by Una’s beauty and compassion. The Lion becomes her companion, devoted to protecting Una as she continues her quest. He represents the British nation. Together, Una & the Lion embody strength, courage and commitment.

Featuring Wyon's majestic Una & the Lion design in a faithful tribute to the original, the date 2024 can be found at the bottom of the design in roman numerals, just as its 19th Century predecessor.

This 2024 Piedfort Sovereign Gold Proof Coin has been struck in 22 carat gold in rare 'Piedfort' specification reserved for the rarest coins and beautifully presented in a bespoke case with numbered certificate of authenticity.

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