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The Queen's Beasts coins are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in platinum, gold and silver since 2016.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] 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 the first two-ounce United Kingdom silver bullion coin.[1] The entire series' designs are to be created by engraver Jody Clark.[1] In December 2016, a full line of proof-quality coins was announced.[8] In 2017, the mint began producing a platinum version of the coin.

The Lion of England (Bullion Silver)
United Kingdom
Value5 pounds sterling
Mass62.42 g
Diameter38.61 mm
Thickness6.00 mm
EdgeMilled
Composition.9999 silver
Years of minting2016
Obverse
Queens-Beast-2016-Silver-2oz-Bullion-Coin2.png
DesignQueen Elizabeth II
DesignerJody Clark
Design date2015
Reverse
Queens-Beast-2016-Silver-2oz-Bullion-Coin.png
DesignThe Lion of England
DesignerJody Clark
Design date2016

I. Lion of England[edit]

Arms of the United Kingdom.svg

The Lion of England is the first in the series of Queen's Beasts coins, released in March, 2016.[1] The initial allocation of bullion coins from the Royal Mint sold out[9] and were not available again until Mid-June 2016. Proof versions were announced in November 2016.[8]

Single coins were delivered in a plastic coin capsule or flip, as chosen when ordering. Bulk orders were delivered in the same containers used for packaging 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 that they would be the exclusive North American distributor for the Royal Mint of the Lion of England bullion coins.[10] 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 2016.

Common obverse[edit]

The obverse features the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II,[11] surrounded by the text "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • (2/5/10/25/100/500/1000) POUNDS". DG REG FD is an abbreviation of the Latin "Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor," meaning "Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith". It is a form of the style of the British sovereign of Queen Elizabeth II common on coins of the Pound Sterling. The initials of artist Jody Clark appear just below the portrait.

Reverse on bullion coins[edit]

The reverse features a stylized rendition of the beast surrounded by the text "[BEAST'S NAME] • (¼/1/2/10)oz • FINE (GOLD/SILVER/PLATINUM) • 999.(5/9) • (2016/-/2021)". Jody Clark's initials appear just below the shield, offset either to the left or to the right.

Reverse on proof and brilliant uncirculated coins[edit]

The reverse features a slightly different stylized rendition of the beast from the bullion version, surrounded by the text "[BEAST'S NAME] • (2016/-/2021)". Jody Clark's initials appear within the shield, offset either to the left or to the right.

II. Unicorn of Scotland[edit]

Royal Arms of Scotland.svg

The Unicorn of Scotland is the fourth in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins, released September 2017. [12]

Obverse[edit]

Beginning with this fourth release, the obverse background of the bullion versions was changed from a stucco-like finish to an arcing pattern of many small diamonds.

III. Red Dragon of Wales[edit]

Arms of Llywelyn.svg

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


IV. Black Bull of Clarence[edit]

Royal Arms of England (1399-1603).svg

The Black Bull of Clarence is the fifth in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins, released in March 2018.


V. Falcon of the Plantagenets[edit]

Falcon and Fetterlock Badge of Edward IV.svg

The Falcon of the Plantagenets is the sixth in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins, released in September 2018.


VI. White Lion of Mortimer[edit]

Rose en Soleil Badge of York.svg

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


VII. Yale of Beaufort[edit]

Beaufort Portcullis Badge of the Tudors.svg

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


VIII. White Greyhound of Richmond[edit]

Tudor Rose, royally crowned.svg

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



IX. White Horse of Hanover[edit]

Arms of Great Britain in Scotland (1714-1801).svg

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


X. Griffin of Edward III[edit]

Badge of the House of Windsor.svg

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


Specifications[edit]

The following table contains specifications for each coin.[13][14][15][8]

Quality Purity Metal Edition Face Value Weight Diameter
Bullion .9999 Gold 1 oz £100 31.21 g 32.69 mm
Bullion .9999 Gold ¼ oz £25 7.80 g 22.00 mm
Bullion .9999 Silver 10 oz £10 311.055 g 89.00 mm
Bullion .9999 Silver 2 oz £5 62.42 g 38.61 mm
Bullion .9995 Platinum 1 oz £100 31.21 g 32.69 mm
Proof .999 Gold 1 kg £1000 1005.00 g 100.00 mm
Proof .9999 Gold 5 oz £500 156.30 g 50.00 mm
Proof .9999 Gold 1 oz £100 31.21 g 32.69 mm
Proof .9999 Gold ¼ oz £25 7.80 g 22.00 mm
Proof .999 Silver 1 kg £500 1005.00 g 100.00 mm
Proof .999 Silver 10 oz £10 312.59 g 65.00 mm
Proof .999 Silver 5 oz £10 156.30 g 65.00 mm
Proof .999 Silver 1 oz £2 31.21 g 38.61 mm
Brilliant Uncirculated Cupro-nickel 1 oz £5 28.28 g 38.61 mm

Mintage[edit]

The following table has the most recent available information on the numbers of coins minted by year and design.[8][16]

Position Release Order Obverse Reverse Bullion Proof Brilliant Uncirculated
.9999 .9995 .999 .9999 .999 Cupro-nickel
Gold Silver Platinum Gold Silver
1 oz ¼ oz 10 oz 2 oz 1 oz 1 kg 5 oz 1 oz ¼ oz 1 kg 10 oz 5 oz 1 oz 1 oz
£100 £25 £10 £5 £100 £1000 £500 £100 £25 £500 £10 £10 £2 £5
I 1 Queen Elizabeth II Lion of England 2016
Unl.
2016
Unl.
2017
Unl.
2016
Unl.
2017
Unl.
2017
25
2017
125
2017
1000
2017
2500
2017
600
2017
1250
2017
2500
2017
8500
2017
Unl.
2018
Ltd.
II 4 Queen Elizabeth II Unicorn of Scotland 2018
Unl.
2018
Unl.
2019
Unl.
2018
Unl.
2019
Unl.
2017
13
2017
85
2017
475
2017
1500
2017
225
2017
850
2017
750
2017
6250
2017
Unl.
III 3 Queen Elizabeth II Red Dragon of Wales 2017
Unl.
2017
Unl.
2018
Unl.
2017
Unl.
2018
Unl.
2018
13
2018
90
2018
500
2018
1500
2018
200
2018
700
2018
750
2018
6000
2018
Unl.
IV 5 Queen Elizabeth II Black Bull of Clarence 2018
Unl.
2018
Unl.
N/R 2018
Unl.
N/R 2018
10
2018
85
2018
500
2018
1500
2018
150
2018
600
2018
700
2018
6000
2018
Unl.
V 6 Queen Elizabeth II Falcon of the Plantagenets 2019
Unl.
2019
Unl.
N/R 2019
Unl.
N/R 2019
13
2019
85
2019
445
2019
1250
2019
125
2019
400
2019
550
2019
5650
2019
Unl.
VI Queen Elizabeth II White Lion of Mortimer N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
VII Queen Elizabeth II Yale of Beaufort N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
VIII Queen Elizabeth II White Greyhound of Richmond N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
IX Queen Elizabeth II White Horse of Hanover N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
X 2 Queen Elizabeth II Griffin of Edward III 2017
Unl.
2017
Unl.
2018
Unl.
2017
Unl.
2018
Unl.
N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Royal Mint Launches Queen's Beasts". Coin World. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  3. ^ "Royal Mint surprises with Queens Beasts, new gold and silver bullion coin series - AgAuNEWS". AgAuNEWS. 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
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  5. ^ "Royal Mint begins new bullion coin program | Coin World". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
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  7. ^ Rodger, James (2016-03-30). "New £100 coin unveiled - here's how to get one". Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  8. ^ a b c d "Queens Beasts Lion coin now available in a full range of gold and silver proof sizes - AgAuNEWS". agaunews.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  9. ^ "Queen's Beasts Secondary Market Prices Too High". Coin World. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  10. ^ "Wholesale Direct Metals Chosen by The Royal British Mint to Be the Exclusive North American Distributor for the 2016 Royal British Lion Gold & Silver Coins". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  11. ^ "The fifth portrait of The Queen is unveiled". 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  12. ^ "The Queen's Beasts". Royal Mint Bullion. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Buy The Queen's Beasts 2016 – The Lion - 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin". www.royalmintbullion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  14. ^ "Buy The Queen's Beasts 2016 – The Lion – 1/4 oz Gold Bullion Coin". www.royalmintbullion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  15. ^ "Buy The Queen's Beasts 2016 – The Lion - 2 oz Silver Bullion Coin". www.royalmintbullion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  16. ^ "The Queen's Beasts Series". www.royalmint.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26.