Two Ounce Fine Silver Queen's Beast White Lion of Mortimer Coin, 2020
- Limited edition coin produced by The Royal Mint
- Eighth design in the 10 part Queen's Beasts series
- Each 2oz silver Beast contains 2 troy ounces (62.207 grams) of 999.9 fine silver
- Price inclusive of VAT and insured delivery to a UK address
- Legal tender in the UK, CGT exempt (UK)
- Face value: £5 (GBP)
- UK Government assurance of weight and purity
- Tier pricing reflects combined postage and wholesale purchase discounts
- Single coins will be supplied in plastic flips, multiples of 10 in Royal Mint Tubes
- Bleyer Bullion is an authorised retailer of Royal Mint products
White Lion of Mortimer
The White Lion of Mortimer is the eighth release in the collection and the second lion to feature in this series. Unlike the fierce Lion of England, the White Lion sits uncrowned, with its tail between its legs, a pose representing loyalty and discipline.
Royal Mint product designer Jody Clark has portrayed the White Lion of Mortimer side-on to emphasise the most important parts of the Lion’s story – its mane, tail and shield.
The White Lion of Mortimer was inherited by The Queen from Edward IV who inherited the creature from his grandmother, heiress of the Mortimers. Edward sometimes used the White Lion as a supporter of his Royal Arms.
The White Lion holds a shield bearing the white rose of York combined with the sun’s golden rays – a symbol important to Edward IV, who saw the sun as a sign of good luck in battle.
Unlike the Lion of England, the White Lion of Mortimer bears no crown with blue tongue and claws rather than red. Heraldic lions are often ‘rampant’, standing with forepaws raised, but the Lion of Mortimer is often shown sitting rather like a tamed dog with its tail between its legs.
The White Lion holds a shield with a ‘white rose en soleil’, a white rose on a golden sun, a combination of emblems used by both Edward IV and Richard III. The Queen’s father, George VI used this badge when he was Duke of York.
History of The Queen’s Beasts
At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten heraldic beasts stood guard. The Queen’s Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey in 1953, stand six feet tall. The heraldic creatures symbolised the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. Each proud beast, used as an heraldic badge by generations that went before her, was inspired by the King’s Beasts of Henry VIII that still line the bridge over the moat at his Hampton Court Palace.
Today, The Queen’s Beasts can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas, also carved by James Woodford, watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom. But these mythical, ancient creatures – lions, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn and horse.
Need to know
The Royal Mint’s established bullion portfolio continues to grow with a new series of gold and silver bullion coins. The coins will depict one of the The Queen’s Beasts, reimagined by a highly-praised new talent, Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark. Jody created the latest definitive coinage portrait of The Queen to appear on United Kingdom coins.
As well as being highly competitively priced, Queen's Beasts coins are UK legal tender and hence Capital Gains Tax free. By purchasing UK coins eligible for CGT exemption, you can avoid paying tax over the profit you make, the amount of this CGT free profit won't affect or decrease the limit of tax free profit on your other investments either.
The UK government assures the weight and purity of each coin it produces, these limited-edition coins are designed for mass storage and safe transit, providing exceptional convenience for all bullion coin buyers.
The price of the Queen's Beasts coins will track the silver price due to their pure silver content, as they are limited edition set we expect that over time this coin will also attract an additional collectable value.
The Royal Mint is a national treasure, making beautifully crafted coins and medals for countries all over the world. Over a thousand years of craftsmanship and artistry ensures every piece they strike is a long-lasting piece of history.
The Royal Mint is listed as an active Good Delivery Refiner by the London Bullion Market Association.
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