The Queen's Beasts
Jump to a specific Queen's Beast coin below:
2016 - The Lion
2017 - The Griffin of Edward III
2017 - The Red Dragon of Wales
2018 The Unicorn of Scotland
2018 - The Black Bull of Clarence | 2019 - The Falcon of the Plantagenets | 2019 - The Yale of Beaufort
2019 - The White Lion of Mortimer | 2020 - The White Horse of Hanover | 2020 - The White Greyhound of Richmond
Made by The Royal Mint, one of the world's best and finest producers of bullion coins, this gold and silver coin series started in 2016 and runs until 2021. High quality and satisfaction are guaranteed for everyone that buys into this exciting Queen's Beasts series.
The series will feature 10 different beasts, all of which were present as statues outside of Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953. These heraldic beasts were featured on royal family crests throughout British history, symbolising their power and lineage over the centuries.
The statues now reside in the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while replicas are on public display in Kew Gardens, London.
The obverse side of the coins features the latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by the Royal Mint's own coin engraver, Jody Clark. At 33 years old, Clark became the youngest designer to create the Queen's portrait for the Royal Mint and the first and only employee of the Mint to ever have their portrait of a British monarch selected.
The reverse designs all bear the initials JC - referring to Clark - and were a collaborative effort by the Royal Mint's design team.
Struck at 99.99% pure gold or silver and with imperial designs, they are highly attractive to investors and collectors alike. BullionByPost® are a fully authorised Royal Mint Distributor.
- Gold Weight (g): 31.21 (1oz) or 7.81 (1/4oz)
- Silver Weight (g): 62.42 (2oz) or 312 (10oz)
- Fineness: 999.9
- Gold Dimensions: 32.69 mm diameter (1oz) or 22mm (1/4oz)
- Silver Dimensions: 38.61mm diameter (2oz) or 89.15mm (10oz)
- Unlimited mintage (Initial launch of 5,000 gold coins and 100,000 silver coins, as per Britannia mintages)
Please note: The future release dates below are speculation based on the Royal Mint's previous release habits for the earlier Queen's Beast coins.
The Lion is the first of the ten coin series to be released by the Royal Mint. It was the only coin in the series to be released in 2016.
Lions have been a common feature in English heraldry since the early 12th Century, when introduced by Richard I, the Lionheart, so it is fitting that the Royal Mint honoured this history by presenting a crowned lion roaring atop the Royal Coat of Arms.
The Griffin was the second coin in the Beasts series, and the first of two releases in 2017. It features the favourite beast of King Edward III, who had the creature appear on his private seal and many other emblems.
This griffin is a female, because males do not have wings. They are a hybrid mythological beast, comprised of parts from both eagles and lions, and are described as strong, observant guardians.
In this depiction, the griffin sits upon a wreathed Coat of Arms featuring the Round Tower of Windsor - Edward III's place of birth in 1312.
The Red Dragon of Wales is a famous symbol of this proud nation. The first appearance of the Dragon was in 829 AD, though some say it was first used by Cadwaladr, the King of Gwynedd, in the 7th Century. There's no evidence of this, but King Henry VII dubbed it 'The Red Dragon of Cadwaladr' and the Tudors used the red dragon on their ships, flags, and shields heavily.
Depicted on the Welsh flag, the ferocious winged beast appears mounted upon the Coat of Arms of Llywelyn for this coin. The badge was first used by Llywelyn the Great; Prince of Gwynedd (a county in north-west Wales) and eventually became the de-facto ruler, the 'Prince' of Wales, in the early 13th Century. His badge was later adopted as the Royal Badge of Wales, to honour the unity he brought to the nation.
The Unicorn is Scotland's national animal. The mythical beast has been a Royal symbol since the 1200s, when James I introduced it to the newly combined Royal Arms of England and Scotland. Its origins come from Celtic mythology however, where it was seen as a symbol of purity, innocence, but also power.
For this coin's reverse, the Unicorn is rearing up over the Royal Arms of Scotland, which itself depicts a lion rampant. Many people question the chain around the Unicorn's neck, which is connected to a crown acting as a collar. This was symbolic that the Scottish kings had the power to tame a beast as unyielding as the mighty unicorn.
The Black Bull of Clarence is the fifth release from the Queen's Beast series. The bull has ties to the House of York, and appears on the reverse of this coin rearing up over the Royal Arms.
In this instance, the coat of arms are those used by Edward IV - the first King of England from the House of York. The design features the classic golden lions of England, which have been ever-present since Richard I - the Lionheart, but also golden Fleur de Lis - styled lilies introduced to the coat of arms by Edward III to bolster his claim to the French throne.
The Falcon of the Plantagenets is the newest release from the Royal Mint for this Beasts series. The falcon was a favourite animal of King Edward III, who loved hawking, and the creature featured as a common emblem within the House of York.
The picture of the falcon sees the bird, wings spread, sat perched upon a badge bearing another white falcon. The smaller bird is sat within a fetterlock - an archaic padlock. The fetterlock was another popular symbol of the time, used by both the House of York and the House of Lancaster, but only the rightful monarch or the heir can use an opened fetterlock - others from the royal houses can only use closed locks.
The Yale of Beaufort is the newest coin from the Royal Mint, released in February 2019. The Yale is a strange cross between an antelope and a goat, and was the symbol of Lady Margaret Beaufort - Henry VII's mother.
The image depicts this beast, with unusually directed horns, holding a shield split into quarters and with a large portcullis at the centre. This was a symbol of defence, used by her son Henry.
The White Lion of Mortimer is another beast inherited by the Queen from Edward IV of the House of York, as is the Black Bull, and it was a favoured symbol of King George VI - Queen Elizabeth II's father - prior to his coronation.
The Mortimer lion has no crown and has a blue tongue. This lion also sits, rather than rearing up, and holds a Yorkist shield bearing a ‘white rose en soleil’ (golden sun) on a half and half background.
George the First was the first Hanoverian to rule Britain in 1714. His German lineage, Haus Hannover, grew as an offshoot of the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg in the Duchy of Brunswick - an area since lost with Germany's declaration as a republic in 1918.
The White Horse is depicted rearing up over George I's Royal Coat of Arms. This is to show it is a Kentish horse, rather than the galloping German horse of Hanover. The emblem beneath is split into four, with a quarter referencing each of Britain (England & Scotland), France, Ireland, and Hanover (Brunswick, Lüneburg, and Hannover).
The White Greyhound is a royal symbol most commonly associated with the Tudor king, Henry VII. It was a favourite of Henry due to its connection to his father, who had been the Earl of Richmond.
The greyhound appears with a studded collar and rests upon the Tudor Shield; a split shield with a crowned Tudor rose at the centre, typically depicted in the white, green, and red of Wales - the Tudor homeland.
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