This is the first-ever bullion coin minted on behalf of the British Virgin Islands. This stunning Silver Pegasus coin features a reverse proof finish with a design featuring the highly-recognizable Greek winged horse, Pegasus.
This Reverse Proof Silver bullion coin was issued from the Pobjoy Mint following the success of their Reverse Proof Silver Angel coin series.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coin comes in protective plastic.
- Limited mintage of 50,000 coins.
- Obverse: Depicts an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II used exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.
- Reverse: Features the magnificent winged horse, Pegasus, and the goddess Athena against a frosted-finish background. Athena is seen holding a spear in her left hand and the reigns of the golden bridle used to tame Pegasus in her right hand.
- Underneath the Pegasus tail is a "P" privy mark, indicating the coin is a reverse proof.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British Virgin Island government.
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The story of Pegasus begins when Perseus is sent to kill Medusa, one of the three Gorgons, who had writhing snakes instead of hair. It was said that anyone unfortunate enough to gaze on her face would turn to stone. The God Hermes and the Goddess Athena came to aid Perseus with special gifts, including a shield which Perseus used as a mirror so he did not look directly at Medusa. When Perseus beheaded Medusa it is said that Pegasus was born from the blood of the Gorgon. Pegasus is then tamed by the Goddess Athena, and given to Perseus to aid him on his quest. After Pegasus had helped Perseus rescue Andromeda, he was carried to Mount Helicon where he was entrusted to the care of the Muses.
Another hero, Bellerophon, wanted to capture Pegasus but could not work out how to tame such a magnificent creature. After being advised to sleep in the temple of Athena, Bellerophon saw the goddess before him holding a golden bridle. When he awoke he was alone, but the bridle remained. He ran from the temple and found Pegasus drinking at a spring. Bellerophon put the charmed bridle on the winged horse’s head with little difficulty and, with the bridle in place, Pegasus became gentle and tame and Bellerophon became his master. Pegasus allows Bellerophon to ride him to defeat the Chimera. Later, Bellerophon tries to ride Pegasus to Mount Olympus, but Zeus knocks him off allowing Pegasus to enter alone. Zeus then transforms Pegasus into the constellation Pegasus and places him in the heavens for all to see.
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.