This superb coin with the classic knight in shining armour which Arthur Pendragon almost symbolise. With decorated plated armour pieces and a long fur-edged cloak, he certainly looks the part. Camelot Castle sits behind him, along with two of his knights, and there’s a fallen foe at his feet. It’s all quite dramatic, enhanced by Excalibur being gilded.
- First issue in the new Camelot Series
- Antique finish with Select gilding
- High relief
- Limited mintage of only 500 pieces worldwide
The obverse will be tweaked with selective gilding for each issue. In this case, the shield of King Arthur is golden, and it’s one of twelve surrounding the round table, on which is the head of Queen Elizabeth II. The whole coin is antique-finished, which will undoubtedly suit it well.
According to legend, King Arthur led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s fanciful and imaginative 12th-century Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) had Arthur establishing an empire over Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Gaul. Many elements and incidents that are now an integral part of the Arthurian story appear in Geoffrey’s Historia, including Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon, the wizard Merlin, Arthur’s wife Guinevere, the sword Excalibur, Arthur’s conception at Tintagel, his final battle against Mordred at Camlann, and final rest in Avalon.
|Weight (g)||2 oz (62.2)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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