Una and the Lion Great Engravers 2019 £5 2oz Silver Proof Coin

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Una and the Lion Great Engravers 2019 £5 2oz Silver Proof Coin

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  • The first in the Royal Mint’s brand-new Great Engravers series!
  • Crafted from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Exclusive – limited to an edition of just 3,000 coins
  • Celebrates William Wyon’s iconic coin design, ‘Una and the Lion’
  • This design originally appeared on coins in 1839 and depicts a young Queen Victoria
  • An official British legal tender issue
  • Presented in Royal Mint packaging


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This superb silver coin pays tribute to one of the most famous designs ever seen on coinage: ‘Una and the Lion’. The original design was created by William Wyon, and first appeared on coins in 1837.

About Una and the Lion

In the 1590 English poem The Faerie Queene, Una is an innocent princess who must travel to find help when her parents are imprisoned. On her journey she meets a lion, who is charmed by her beauty and innocence.  Instead of eating her, he decides to become her protector instead.

The design of Una and the Lion was featured on a £5 coin struck in 1839. This coin was issued to commemorate the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria, who had taken the throne two years earlier. It features a young Victoria in the role of Una, bravely walking alongside her lion companion. Eye-catching and symbolic, it is commonly considered one of the world’s most beautiful designs.

About William Wyon

Born in 1795, William Wyon was Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until 1851. Admired by his contemporaries and modern collectors alike, he is responsible for a tremendous body of work. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1831, and achieved acclaim for several of his designs – including Una and the Lion.

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