British Queen’s Beasts Gold Coins at Provident Metals
While the Britannia series is the official gold bullion program of Great Britain, and the most popular, the Royal Mint also offers the Queen’s Beasts series. These coins were released from 2016 to 2021 in gold, silver, and platinum in a variety of weights in both bullion and proof options. Learn everything about this unique series from the Royal Mint, right here at Provident Metals.
Background of the Queen’s Beasts Gold Coin Series
Queen Elizabeth II took the crown on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey. For her coronation, ten statues were created to form a guard of honor at the entrance. These ten beasts represent the British monarchy as each beast is seen holding a shield bearing a badge of arms of a family associated with Queen Elizabeth II.
The series debuted in 2016 in gold, silver, and platinum, with proof coins also available. Jody Clark, who ended up designing the final effigy of Her Majesty, created all 10 designs for this series. The only gold weights in the series are a 1 oz coin and a 1/4 oz coin. The series concluded in 2021 when the 10th coin was released. However, The Royal Mint did release an 11th coin in 2021 called “The Completer Coin.” This coin displayed all 10 beasts on a single coin.
- 2016 Lion of England: The Lion of England was presented to Geoffrey Plantagenet in 1127 when he married the daughter of King Henry I of England. When King Richard I of England took the throne, he established the Three Lions of England as the official coat of arms of the monarch.
- 2017 Griffin of Edward III: The Griffin long featured in the personal seal of Edward III as he brought it with him when he ascended the throne. The Griffin of Edward III represents power and wisdom.
- 2017 Red Dragon of Wales: The Red Dragon of Wales came to the Royal Arms through Owen Tudor, whose grandson would go on to become King Henry VII. The heraldic beast can be traced back to the 6th century in Wales. Queen Elizabeth II is responsible for establishing this heraldic beast as the national flag of Wales.
- 2018 Unicorn of Scotland: The mythical creature featured in the early Royal Arms of Scotland when it was a separate kingdom. King James I of England unified the crowns of England and Scotland and as such, brought the Unicorn to the Royal Arms.
- 2018 Black Bull of Clarence: The first of two heraldic beasts to come from the House of York. This beast came to the Royal Arms through King Edward IV. This beast was originally carried by Edward IV’s great-grandfather, Roger Mortimer.
- 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets: This beast was used by an array of monarchs from the House of Plantagenets. This is the second of two heraldic beasts with an association directly with Edward III, along with the Griffin.
- 2019 Yale of Beaufort: This heraldic beast came to the Royal Arms through King Henry VII and is the first to come from the House of Tudor. This beast is a mythical creature with the snout and tusks of a boar, and the body of a goat.
- 2020 White Lion of Mortimer: Along with the Black Bull of Clarence, this beast is also connected directly to Edward IV. The White Lion is featured without a crown, just as it was in Edward IV’s Royal Arms.
- 2020 White Horse of Hanover: The White Horse of Hanover made its way to the Royal Arms in 1714 making it one of the newer additions. King George I included the White Horse into a quartered shield of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom.
- 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond: This beast had been in the personal badges and seals of monarchs dating back to the offspring of King Edward III. This beast is associated with the House of Tudor.
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