2017 St Helena East India Company Testern Silver Coin

2017 St Helena East India Company Testern Silver Coin


Issued on behalf of the Island of St. Helena, this Limited Edition 1 ounce silver antique finish coin commemorates the first voyage of The East India Company in 1601 in which Queen Elizabeth I instructed them to take 6,000 pounds sterling worth of Testern silver coins.

Coin comes with Box with Certificate of Authenticity.

Country:                     St. Helena

Year of Issue:            2017

Face Value:                25 Pence

Metal:                         .999 Silver

Weight:                       26.7 grams

Diameter:                   38.6 mm

Quality:                       Antique

Mintage:                     10,000

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The obverse of this coin has engraver John Reich’s very European-looking version of Miss Liberty facing left. Her soft cap has LIBERTY incused, the date is centered at the bottom, seven stars are to the left, and six stars are to the right. The reverse features a more natural-looking eagle with the Union shield on its chest. For the first time in the half eagle series, the denomination is displayed. The motto is incused on a ribbon that arcs from wing tip to wing tip, and the legend surrounds the central devices. In its claws the eagle holds an olive branch and three arrows. Unlike the previous Type, these heraldic symbols are now in their proper place. The designer John Reich came to America as an indentured servant to escape the ravages of the Napoleonic Wars. He toiled at the Mint for a decade before quitting in disgust over never having been given a raise, and working under the overbearing and far less-talented Robert Scot.