Like all coins in this Queen’s Beasts series both the obverse and reverse are designed by Jody Clark. The Queen's Beasts coins are based on the ten statues which stood guard outside Westminster Abbey for the Queen's Coronation in 1953. They were originally sculpted by J. Woodford RA in 1953 and represent the various houses in the Queen's ancestry. Over the past five years the Royal Mint have released 10 coins, each representing a heraldic device used by one of the houses in the Queen's lineage. These 'beasts' are now brought together in one coin as a culmination of this classic series. The design of the coin features HRH Queen Elizabeth at the centre surrounded by the 10 beasts in the series.
Starting from the 1 o’clock position, moving clockwise, are: The Lion of England, The Red Dragon of Wales, The Griffin of Edward III, The Unicorn of Scotland, The Black Bull of Clarence, The Falcon of the Plantagenets, The Yale of Beaufort, The White Lion of Mortimer, The White Horse of Hanover and The White Greyhound of Richmond.
The coin weighs one ounce and is 24-carat (.9999 purity). It is worth noting that as this is classed as British currency, this coin, like many other British coins, is VAT-free and is exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
|Country:||United Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Brand:||The Royal Mint|