Una and the Lion Great Engravers 2019 £200 2oz Gold Proof Coin

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Una and the Lion Great Engravers 2019 £200 2oz Gold Proof Coin

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  • A prestigious beginning to the Royal Mint’s Great Engravers series!
  • Struck by the Royal Mint from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold!
  • Tremendously exclusive – just 225 coins struck
  • Features William Wyon’s highly lauded 1839 design, ‘Una and the Lion’
  • Beautifully presented in premium Royal Mint packaging


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William Wyon was a prolific Royal Mint engraver, who in 1839 gave the world of coinage the ultimate gift: his ‘Una and the Lion’ coin design. This classical beauty has earned Wyon a place in the hearts of many. So too will the Una and the Lion Great Engravers 2019 £200 2oz Gold Proof Coin.

The Story of Una and the Lion

The 1590 epic poem The Faerie Queene tells the story of Una, an innocent princess. Forced to embark on a quest for help when her parents are imprisoned, Una encounters a fearsome lion. Rather than eat her, however, the lion is charmed by Una’s purity and beauty. Instead, he becomes her advocate and companion.

Queen Victoria took to the throne in 1837, and a £5 coin was commissioned in celebration. Issued in 1839, the coin featured ‘Una and the Lion’ – with a young Victoria in the role of Una. The design was likely intended to inspire trust in the young Queen, conveying her innocence and bravery. Classical in style and richly symbolic, it is commonly considered one of the world’s most beautiful designs.

The Designer, William Wyon

William Wyon was born in 1795. He held the position of Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until 1851, and earned the admiration of his peers and modern collectors alike. Elected to the Royal Academy in 1831, his classically-inspired work has achieved acclaim across the globe. ‘Una and the Lion’ is one of his – and the world’s – most famous designs.

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