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The Queen's Beasts (coin)

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Value  5 pounds sterling
Diameter  38.61 mm
Edge  Milled
Mass  62.42 g
Thickness  6.00 mm
Composition  .9999 silver

The Queen's Beasts coins are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in gold and silver since 2016. Each of the 10 planned coins in the series features a stylized version of one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of ancestry. The silver coin is notable as it marks "the first time an official two-ounce United Kingdom silver bullion coin has been struck". The entire series' designs are to be created by engraver Jody Clark. In December of 2016, a full line of Proof quality coins was announced.

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The Lion of England

The Lion of England is the first in the series of Queen's Beasts coins. Released in March, 2016 the initial allocation of bullion coins from the Royal Mint sold out and were not available again until Mid-June 2016. Proof versions were announced in November of 2016.

Single coins purchased were delivered in a plastic coin capsule or flip as chosen when ordering. Bulk orders were delivered in the same containers used for packaging of Britannia bullion coins: 10 coins per tube, 20 tubes per box. The tube for silver can potentially hold a total of 13 coins.

On February 18, 2016, Wholesale Direct Metals announced they would be the exclusive North American distributor for the Royal Mint of the Lion of England bullion coins. By mid-2016 the coins were widely available for sale and trade from a variety of sources. The proof versions were widely available in December of 2016.

Obverse

The obverse features the 5th definitive coinage Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the text "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • (5/25/100/500/1000) POUNDS". DG REG FD is an abbreviation of the latin "Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor" meaning; "Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith" and is a form of the Style of the British sovereign of Queen Elizabeth II common on coins of the Pound Sterling. The initials of the artist Jody Clark appear just below the portrait.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the crowned Lion of England surrounded by the text "LION OF ENGLAND • (¼/1/2)oz FINE (GOLD/SILVER) • 999.9 • 2016". The initials of the artist Jody Clark appear just below shield offset to the right except on the proof versions where they are on the left. The text on the proof versions do not include a weight or fineness and have a distinct design from the reverse of the bullion verison.

The Griffin of Edward III

The Griffin of Edward III is the second in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins. Released in November of 2016.

Single coins purchased were delivered in a plastic coin capsule or flip as chosen when ordering. Bulk orders were delivered in the same containers used for packaging of Britannia bullion coins: 10 coins per tube, 20 tubes per box. The tube for silver can potentially hold a total of 13 coins.

Obverse

The obverse features the 5th definitive coinage Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the text "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • (5/25/100) POUNDS". DG REG FD is an abbreviation of the latin "Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor" meaning; "Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith" and is a form of the Style of the British sovereign of Queen Elizabeth II common on coins of the Pound Sterling. The initials of the artist Jody Clark appear just below the portrait.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the Griffin of Edward III surrounded by the text "GRIFFON OF EDWARD III • (¼/1/2)oz FINE (GOLD/SILVER) • 999.9 • 2017". The initials of the artist Jody Clark appear just below shield offset to the left.

The Red Dragon of Wales

The Red Dragon of Wales is the third in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins. Released in March of 2017.

Single coins purchased will be delivered in a plastic coin capsule or flip as chosen when ordering. Bulk orders will be delivered in the same containers used for packaging of Britannia bullion coins: 10 coins per tube, 20 tubes per box. The tube for silver can potentially hold a total of 13 coins.

Obverse

The obverse features the 5th definitive coinage Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the text "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • (5/25/100) POUNDS". DG REG FD is an abbreviation of the latin "Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor" meaning; "Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith" and is a form of the Style of the British sovereign of Queen Elizabeth II common on coins of the Pound Sterling. The initials of the artist Jody Clark appear just below the portrait.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the Red Dragon of Wales surrounded by the text "RED DRAGON OF WALES • (¼/1/2)oz FINE (GOLD/SILVER) • 999.9 • 2017". The initials of the artist Jody Clark appear just below shield offset to the left.

The Falcon of the Plantagenets

The Falcon of the Plantagenets is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the Falcon of the Plantagenets.

The Black Bull of Clarence

The Black Bull of Clarence is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the Black Bull of Clarence.

The Yale of Beaufort

The Yale of Beaufort is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the Yale of Beaufort.

The White Lion of Mortimer

The White Lion of Mortimer is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the White Lion of Mortimer.

The White Greyhound of Richmond

The White Greyhound of Richmond is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the White Greyhound of Richmond.

The Unicorn of Scotland

The Unicorn of Scotland is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the Unicorn of Scotland.

The White Horse of Hanover

The White Horse of Hanover is an upcoming design in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins but is not yet released.

Reverse

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the White Horse of Hanover.

Specifications

The following table contains specifications for each coin.

Mintage

The following table has the most recent available information on the numbers of coins minted by design.

References

The Queen's Beasts (coin) Wikipedia


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