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2017 British Virgin Islands 1 oz Silver Pegasus Proof

SKU 17167
This beautiful release was originally only available in the 2-coin set alongside the Reverse Proof coin. With a mintage of only 300 pieces, this rarity combines collectible appeal with a beautiful design.

This Proof Silver coin was issued from the Pobjoy Mint as part of a limited release 2-coin Pegasus proof set, following the success of their Reverse Proof Silver Angel coin series.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Coin comes in protective packaging.
  • Limited mintage of 300 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.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the British Virgin Island government.

This coin would be a great addition to any coin collection. Own this limited variety of the first bullion coin minted for the British Virgin Islands by adding this stunning 1 oz Silver Pegasus Proof coin to your cart today!

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.