- Year Issue: 2015
- Country Origin: Tristan Da Cunha
- Composition Type: Gold
- Denomination: 100.00
- Grade Type: PF70
- Condition Type: Graded
- Mint Name: Commonwealth Mint
- Currency Type: Pound
A Coin for a Worthy Cause
According to ancient Greek mythology, the Three Graces were the daughters of Zeus. They were known as The Charities, which is derived from the Greek word charis, meaning grace. Together, they symbolize the power of unity, support and female collaboration. These qualities are reflected in each Three Graces £100 legal-tender proof, benefiting Susan G. Komen® - each is struck in a tenth-ounce of 99.9% pure gold. Each is graded nearly flawless Proof-70 (PF70) by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).
The Three Graces have been depicted on coins throughout history. This design was created by a famous British engraver for a competition to launch new Crown coinage. With its rich numismatic history, you'll want one for your collection. And, you can help support breast cancer awareness by purchasing a few more for gifts of hope and celebration.
About The Three Graces:
All three made up a devoted entourage attending to the needs of Aprhodite, goddess of love and Hera, goddess of marriage and family. Almost always depicted together embracing or dancing, this trio of young goddesses, were frequently shown holding apples, roses and sprigs of myrtle (sacred symbols in the ancient world).
The Graces bestowed joy, goodwill and well-being to the world and represented admirable qualities revered by the ancient Greeks. Each personifies beauty, charm and joy and together they symbolize the power of unity and support - all of which are still valued in our modern world.
• Aglaia Personified elegance and splendor.
• Euphrosyne Personified joy and mirth.
• Thalia Personified cheer and festivity.
The coin's obverse features the Three Graces, created by a young British engraver by the name of William Wyon. He sketched the design as a competition entry for the new English Crown coin that was to be released in 1817. Nearly a decade later, Wyon would assume the esteemed position of chief engraver at the Royal Mint. Eventually, his coin artistry earned him the distinction as one of the most revered engravers in the history of the Royal Mint.
Wyon's depiction of the Three Graces represented England, Scotland and Ireland - identified by their respective symbols: the St. George shield, harp and thistle, placed near their feet. Executed in the Classical Style, the Three Graces design was inspired by ancient Greek mythology and art. And, the likenesses of these three goddesses resurfaced throughout the ages in the masterpieces of some of the world's most eminent artists, such as Botticelli, Raphael and Reubens.
Just as Wyon sought to convey the friendly and harmonious unification of England, Scotland and Ireland, the Three Graces design parallels that of the friends and family who unite to support their loved ones diagnosed with breast cancer. Just as The Three Graces are depicted linking arms in a chain of solidarity - the concept of strength through support is beautifully personified on a coin that can be treasured, always. The mintage is limited to only 500. Don't wait to secure yours!