The series of 10 coins in the Queens Beast Series pays tribute to the mythical and heraldic beasts that each have had an historic role in the Royal Family, going back centuries. The Royal Arms of England is shown as being held up by two heraldic beasts. These beasts include the Lion of England and the Unicorn of Scotland. The Lion is reflective of the expansive history of the English Crown. The Unicorn of Scotland is a symbol of the union of the two crowns in the 18thcentury. Your 2017 British Queens Beast Unicorn 10 oz Silver Coin features the Unicorn of Scotland. The coin contains 10 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and there are a limited number of certified coins available.
Scotland adopted the Unicorn as a heraldic animal several centuries ago. The mythical unicorn is often thought to have originated as a result of being misidentification as other animals in the wild. Some have theorized that this includes an antelope or the rhinoceros. The Unicorn of Scotland was first introduced to the British arms when James VI of Scotland united the two nations and took the throne in the 17th century and became James I of England.
The obverse design of the 2017 Proof British Queens Beast Unicorn 10 oz Silver Coin features the fifth-generation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in the history of England. This portrait was designed in 2015, depicting Her Majesty at 89 years of age.
The reverse design of the 2017 Proof British Queens Beast Unicorn 10 oz Silver Coin features an image of the Unicorn of Scotland. The Unicorn was first brought to the Royal Arms by James VI of Scotland after he took the throne of England. The unicorn is depicted supporting the shield of Scotland, which shows a rampant lion. The shield has remained unchanged since the 13th-century when Alexander III reigned.
James VI was known for uniting the crowns of England and Scotland after Queen Elizabeth I died without having an heir to take the throne after her. This brought the Unicorn of Scotland to the Royal Arms, and resulted in the creation of a design that features the Lion of England and Unicorn of Scotland each supporting the shield.
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|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Designer (Obverse)||Jody Clark|
|Designer (Reverse)||Jody Clark|
|Product Series||Queen\'s Beast|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Metal Content||10 Troy Ounces|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|