There were six signal virtues of British monarch Queen Victoria commemorated on her funerary monument built outside Buckingham Palace in 1901. The Victoria Monument has a trio of gilded statues at its apex, with the Winged Angel Victory at the very top, and Courage and Constancy at her feet. Justice, Truth, and Charity form the base, and together these virtues are identified with the British Queen to this day and through the reign of Elizabeth II. The East India Company celebrates them with the Queen’s Virtues coin series, beginning with the 2021 Proof St. Helena Queen’s Virtues Victory 1 oz Silver Coin.
The 2021 Proof St. Helena Queen’s Virtues Victory Silver Coin is a glorious tribute to the idealized qualities meant to guide and shape the reigns of British monarchs, with select gold-plated decorative touches, exquisite engraved artwork, and brilliant mirrored backgrounds that identify a true proof-quality collectible. Provident Metals ships each coin in a secure high-quality coin case along with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Engraver Jody Clark designed the latest official effigy of Elizabeth II that dominates the coin’s obverse side. It’s joined by the inscriptions “QUEEN ELIZABETH II,” “ST. HELENA,” “ONE POUND,” and “2021.”
The Winged Angel Victory, here decorated in gold plating just as her statue on the Victoria Monument is gilded, dominates the coin’s reverse side with a palm branch in her left hand. She’s surrounded by the inscriptions “VICTORIA,” “CONCORDIA” and “CRESCIT,” meaning “Victory Through Harmony.”
The Queen’s Virtue of Victory is the authority both to wage war and to proclaim peace, to declare the restoration of harmony after travails. It was a power thought by the ancients to originate with goddesses like the Greek Nike or the Roman Victoria, the goddess of triumph in battle who bequeathed her name to one of the most pivotal British monarchs in modern history and the ruler of the United Kingdom for most of the 19th century. Elizabeth II has done just as much to shape her own era on the throne, making her reign a timely occasion for the East India Company to revisit the Queen’s Virtues first identified with Victoria.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Product Series||Queen\'s Virtues|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|
|Producer||The East India Company|
|Designer (Obverse)||Jody Clark|
|Packaging Dimensions||3.1 x 3.1 x 1.0|