The original coin featured a cruciform arrangement of the Royal Arms in a Gothic style on the reverse (tails side) and the portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse (heads side). In an unusual move, but one designed to delight keen collectors, The Royal Mint’s latest version will split the two sides of the original between two separate United Kingdom coins. The first will feature the reverse of the original coin featuring the quartered arms combined with the portrait of Her Majesty Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark. An additional coin featuring the iconic Gothic Crown obverse is set to launch in the new year but will still be dated 2021, giving collectors a second chance to own the sought-after collectible, again combined with the current portrait of the Queen.
An extremely limited number of sets containing both the new and original coins will be created and launched in line with the second of the two coins.
A limited number of sets containing both new commemorative coins will be reserved for the Tokyo International Coin Convention where The Royal Mint, in partnership with Taisei Coins, will be holding an auction next year. The full range is available on The Royal Mint’s website.
The Royal Mint launched their Great Engravers range in 2019 with Una and the Lion, followed by the Three Graces, both designed by William Wyon, originally produced in 1839 and 1817 respectively. Both are well known as being incredibly beautiful and intricate designs, and the Royal Mint’s Chief engraver Gordon Summers, together with his team, have revived the designs with state-of-the-art technology. The tooling for the modern coins has been taken directly from the original tools worked on by Wyon in the 1800s, remastered by The Royal Mint’s expert team, over 200 years after the original was created.
Introduced in 1847 on the silver crown, the Gothic Crown was created by William Wyon, former Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint. Queen Victoria’s portrait was portrayed in a medieval style, representing the fanciful splendour of the era. Only 8,000 were initially minted at the time alongside a very small quantity of gold.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, comments: “The Great Engravers range offers collectors a rare opportunity to own a piece of numismatic art that details one of the great engravers of The Royal Mint and his most celebrated prolific designs, as we create the historic coins of tomorrow. The low mintages also make the coins in this range the perfect collectors’ piece.
“Wyon was the original designer and maker of this coin as well as the Three Graces and also the Una and the Lion, which are equally as beautiful and collectable. He is regarded as one of the most talented engravers in history and his work is testament to that title.”
The Great Engravers Gothic Crown will be available in five sizes in both Gold and Silver: 2kg, 1kg, 10oz, 5oz and 2oz. There will also be two 5kg struck in Gold and one 10kg.