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1.25 oz Silver Standing Lion Guinea

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The Saint Helena 1.25 oz Silver Standing Lion Guinea is a treasured addition to any precious metals collection. Issued by the East India Company along with the government of the British Territories’ island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, these coins offer a beautiful design paired with a deep history.

About Saint Helena

Saint Helena may appear to be nothing but a tiny remote island between South America and Africa (in fact, one of the most remote islands in the world). But its history is unlike any other. Saint Helena was a crucial port and resupply depot controlled by the East India Company for routes as far away as Brazil and China. These routes carried goods as varied and strategic as tea, cotton, spices, and precious metals across the British empire for centuries. And the silver guinea features designs honoring this impressive backstory.

About the guinea

For centuries, the guinea (value 21 shillings, or 1 pound 1 shilling) was one of the world's most respected coins. As a symbol of British financial might, guineas were recognized and accepted worldwide. The honesty and reliability of the guinea were carried to the four corners of the world by explorers, merchants and traders on the East India Company's fleet of trading ships. Unfortunately, the guinea ceased to be official British coinage during the process of "decimalization."

Interestingly, high-end services and luxury goods are still billed in guineas today. Even though the bills are paid in pounds sterling, it goes to show you how powerful and lasting such a legendary coin can be.

A closer look at the silver standing lion guinea

On the obverse side of these Saint Helena legal tender bullion coins is Raphael Maklouf’s well-known effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This familiar portrait sits on a field decorated with a recurring trefoil pattern of the East India Company’s trading flag. Surrounding the Queen, the Guinea coin is stamped with the face value of £1.25, ST. HELENA, QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the year of mintage (2021), and THE EAST INDIA COMPANY.

The reverse features the historic English lion atop the St. George of England shield. Behind the standing lion are two crossed sceptres, representing the four compass points and, by extension, the manifold trade routes of the empire. These, along with the tea and cotton leaves wreathed below, denote the global scale of British exploration and diversity of trade during the East India Company's heyday. Curved around the image are the words: Guinea, 999 Silver, and 1.25 ounce.

The coin’s unique weight and distinct imagery mark the island’s storied history, and East India Company makes it an extraordinary piece for any collection. And its 0.999 fine silver purity makes it an ideal addition to any precious metal collection.

Key Features of the 1.25 Silver Lion Guinea:

  • 1.25 troy ounce of 0.999 fine silver, a satisfying and unusual weight
  • Raphael Maklouf’s "third portrait" of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Heraldic "standing" (rampant) lion of England and St. George’s shield on the reverse, featuring the East India Company's trading flag insignia as well
  • Official legal tender of St. Helena, £1.25 face value
  • Limited mintage, availability not guaranteed
  • IRA-approved silver bullion
  • Orders in 16-coin increments arrive in tubes, while orders of 320 coins arrive in a monster box (20 tubes of 16 coins)
Product specifications
SKU 2084473839
Metal Silver
Purity 0.999
Product Type Collectible Coin
Year Minted 2021
Mint East India Company
Country Saint Helena
Weight 1 1/4 oz
IRA Eligibility Yes
Dimensions 39 mm
Face Value/Denomination £1.25
Obverse Design Raphael Maklouf






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