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Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most prominent and controversial leaders in French history. Born from noble Italian descent on the island of Corsica, Napoleon supported the French throughout his life after Corsica was conquered by France. After leading several successful war campaigns and rising to power as Emperor of the French, Napoleon has a reputation as one of the greatest commanders in history. He died 200 years ago while in exile on the island of Saint Helena and his body was later returned to France.

COIN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Individual coins ship in a plastic flip sleeve; Multiples of 20 ship in a tube
  • Consisting of 1 oz 999 Fine Silver
  • Obverse: Features the effigy of young Queen Elizabeth II designed by Raphael Maklouf along with the year and country of issue, legal tender value and the inscription “THE EAST INDIA COMPANY”
  • Reverse: Features an angel watching over Napoleon’s gravestone along with the metal weight, purity, East India Company mark, and the inscription “ANGEL”
  • This coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death

The tiny, isolated island of Saint Helena is an unlikely candidate as one of the most significant and influential nations in terms of global trade. Yet, when one looks back and examines our collective history, St. Helena repeatedly comes up as an integral component to global trade and commerce. The Island, which spans an area of mere 17 kilometers in length by 10 kilometers in breadth, was seen as an oasis by explorers and conquerors such as the Dutch, Portuguese, and English, all vying for control of the crucial port of call. By 1658 the British claimed the Island for themselves by making it a fortress and a hub for lucrative expeditions to India, China, and the rest of the eastern world. The company reached unprecedented heights of success, accounting for half of the world’s trade, establishing a monopoly in cotton, silk, salt, spices and tea, among many others, contributing to the vast and enormous wealth of the British empire. The Island, which remains a British colony to this day, was a vital component in the rise of the British empire.

7465
2021
Brilliant Uncirculated
999
Saint Helena
East India Company
SHP 1
1.00
39
2.89
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