Victoria,  Pattern "Una and the Lion" Five Pounds, 1839, by William Wyon, young filleted head left,
Lot 700
Victoria (1837-1901), Pattern "Una and the Lion" Five Pounds, 1839, by William Wyon, young filleted head left, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIARUM REGINA F:D, ornate toothed border both sides.
Sold for £22,912 (US$ 37,970) inc. premium
Lot Details
Victoria (1837-1901),
Pattern "Una and the Lion" Five Pounds, 1839, by William Wyon, young filleted head left, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIARUM REGINA F:D, ornate toothed border both sides. R. Struck in medaille, the Queen as Una leading the British lion, sceptre extended in right hand, orb in left hand, DIRIGIT DEUS GRESSUS MEOS. date in Roman numerals in exergue MDCCCXXXIX, edge, inscribed ANNO REGNI TERTIO DECUS ET TUTAMEN (S.3851). A few light hairlines and surface marks, otherwise brilliant, practically as struck and extremely rare for this type. (1)

Footnotes

  • William Wyon (1795-1851) was appointed Chief Engraver in 1828, though he had performed many of the functions of that office for the previous 6 years due to the troubled relationship between Mint officials and Benedetto Pistrucci, Wyon's great rival. Among his many celebrated works the new coinage of Queen Victoria was particularly well received, the crowning achievement being this Five Pound piece. The reverse represents the queen as Una, the mythical damsel saved by St George from the dragon and the embodiment of Truth and Purity in Edmund Spencer's epic poem The Fairie Queene, She leads the British lion, her companion and protector.
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