The reverse features three female figures, representing Ireland, England and Scotland. The implements at their feet are symbols of their homelands: a harp, a thistle and a shield bearing St George's cross. This charming engraving is an idealised representation of the relationship between the three nations, which in the nineteenth-century were unified as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Tiny roses, shamrocks and thistles in the women's crowns cement the women's identities. Below the figures of the Three Graces are two additional objects: a rudder and a palm frond. The palm indicates both victory and peace and the rudder reminds us of British naval supremacy: both points of immense national pride in the years following British victory in the Napoleonic Wars. The original Three Graces is the work of renown Royal Mint engraver William Wyon (1795 - 1851).
Born into a family of engravers, he demonstrated his talent from a young age, winning Royal Academy competitions and attracting considerable attention on the London Art scene. In 1816, William Wyon was appointed to the post of Second Engraver to the Royal Mint, working under his cousin, Thomas Wyon Junior, then Chief Engraver. Though busy with official commissions, William engraved the Three Graces in his spare time, minting it as a pattern coin in 1817. He would himself be appointed Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint in 1828.
He is remembered for his impressive output including the'Young Head' of Queen Victoria - much loved by the monarch - and the gorgeous Una and the Lion. The Three Graces is an early masterpiece, depicting the three charities of ancient mythology - Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia. This Item Has been removed from its original Packaging To Be Independently Professionally Graded By NGC in the U. A, The absolute top authority in the coin, world, period!
They grade the coin then sonically seal it a high quality capsule or slab as we call them, and give it a certificate number which can be verified on their website, this allows you to look at your coin & guarantee authenticity and a provenance for years to come. (The Full original Packaging is included in this sale price) Finished to the finest Proof Striking Standard - Silver Proof Proof coins are the highest quality commemorative coins. Their sharpness, detail and finish are unrivalled, making them perfect for collectors looking for highest levels of craftsmanship and detail.
The dies used to strike Proof coins are hand-finished to ensure that all imperfections are removed. Blanks are fed into the coin press by hand before being struck up to six times, at a lower speed and with less pressure than other finishes, to preserve the finer details of the design.