The East India Company (EIC) have relaunched their one-ounce silver Spade Guinea bullion coin today, aimed at those who appreciate classic historical design instead of the nature or popular culture designs that have become so prevalent recently. Joining the widely lauded Queens Beasts by the Royal Mint, as well as Scottsdales Royal Arms of England, this genre has always had a solid fanbase, so EIC are on solid ground with this one.
The same as last years issue, it’s a simple enough design, based around the ‘spade-shaped’ shield at its centre. Both the obverse and reverse feature a distinct East India Company traditional pattern in the background field. Inscriptions, mainly the composition, are restricted to the relatively large border. Issued in just the one format, and with an unrestricted mintage through 2019, the coin is available singly, in tubes of 20, or monster boxes of 400. Available worldwide, site sponsors LPM HK and Bold Precious Metals are both official stockists.
REVERSE: The distinctive Coat of Arms includes the crests representing the realms within the United Kingdom during the near 60 year reign of King George III. It also bears the distinctive quality mint mark of The East India Company which is seen below the primary design.
OBVERSE: bears the elegant effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II created by Raphael Maklouf. The text around the Queen’s portrait includes the name of issuing authority of St. Helena, the denomination £1, and the year date 2019.