Two Ounce 10 Coin Fine Silver Queen’s Beasts Coin Set
- Save £20 when you purchase this set vs buying the coins individually
- Limited edition coins produced by The Royal Mint
- Each 2oz silver Beast contains 2 troy ounces (62.207 grams) of 999.9 fine silver
- This set contains a total of 622.07 grams of fine 999.9 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
- Single coins will be supplied in plastic flips, mutliples of 10 in Royal Mint Tubes
- Bleyer Bullion is an authorised retailer of Royal Mint products
- In stock and available for immediate dispatch
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.
The Lion of England
The Lion of England is the crowned golden lion of England, which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the reign of Edward IV. Richard the Lionheart, son of Henry II, is famed for his three golden lions as the Royal Arms of England; and since the twelfth century, lions have appeared on the coat of arms of every British sovereign.
The Griffin of Edward III
The Griffin is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. The Griffin signifies courage and strength combined with guardianship, vigilance, swiftness and keen vision. It was closely associated with Edward III who engraved it on his private seal.
The Dragon of Wales
The Welsh (Celtic) Dragon appears on the national flag of Wales. The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is in the Historia Brittonum, written around AD 829, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. The red dragon is often seen as symbolising all things Welsh, and is used by many public and private institutions.
The Unicorn of Scotland
Unicorns have been associated with Royalty and heraldry since at least the time of the Romans. It’s not quite clear exactly when the Unicorn first appeared in Scottish heraldry, but one of the earliest examples is seen in the ‘Royal Coat of Arms’ at Rothesay Castle which is believed to have been carved sometime before the 15th century. The Unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the Lion, the Unicorn is often depicted with chains wrapped around him. This is a nod to this medieval belief that he was a dangerous creature.
The Black Bull of Clarence
This beast descended to the Queen through Edward IV. The shield shows the Royal Arms as they were borne not only by Edward IV and his brother Richard III, but by all the Sovereigns of the Houses of Lancaster and Tudor.
The Falcon of the Plantagenets
The Falcon passed to The Queen from the Plantagenet king Edward III. He chose the symbol to embody his love of hawking but it is also closely associated with his great-great-grandson, Edward IV. The white Falcon at The Queen’s coronation held a shield with a badge depicting a second white falcon within an open golden ‘fetterlock’ or padlock.
The Yale of Beaufort
The Yale is a mythical beast with characteristics of an antelope or goat, depending on the imagination of the artist and their desire to portray grace and elegance, or strength and determination. Strangely, it is said to have horns that can turn independently so in medieval illustrations it is often shown with horns pointing in different directions. The white and gold-spotted Yale of Beaufort has such horns along with the whiskers or ‘tushes’ of a boar.
The Yale of Beaufort was a symbol of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. The Yale of The Queen’s Beasts holds a shield with the blue and white quarters of Margaret’s arms but with a golden portcullis at the centre, a badge used by Henry VII. The portcullis is also part of the arms of Westminster City Council, which is home to Westminster Abbey where the coronation took place in 1953.
The White Lion Of Mortimer
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.
The White Horse of Hanover
The White Horse of Hanover is the nineth release in the collection.
George of Hanover became George I following the death of Queen Anne.
The White Horse of Hanover coin depicts the ninth herladic statue present during the Queen’s coronation. The Arms of George I are carried by the Horse of Hanover, representing his sovereignty as King of Great Britain, France and Ireland across three quarters with the last quarter bearing the Arms of Hanover. This last quarter is then divided into three bearing the two leopards of Brunswick, the blue lion one Lüneburg and the White Horse of Hanover.
The White Greyhound Of Richmond
The White Greyhound Of Richmond is the tenth release in the collection and depicts the tenth herladic statue present during the Queen’s coronation.
The White Greyhound of Richmond bears a shield of Tudor livery, white and green, with a Tudor Rose ensigned by a Royal Crown
The White Greyhound of Richmond was the arms of John of Gaunt, Earl of Richmond, son of Edward III. This badge was then adopted by Henry IV and then by Henry VII. His father, Edmund Tudor, was made Earl of Richmond and the white greyhound was associated with the Honour of Richmond. The Tudor double rose can be seen on the shield, one rose within another surmounted by a crown. It symbolizes the union of two of the cadet houses of the Plantagenet – York and Lancaster.
Royal Mint product designer Jody Clark has created another stunning design of this majestic horse at full gallop.
Some say Saxon hordes brought the White Horse to the country and is a familiar symbol in Kent. The difference between the Kentish White Horse and the White Horse of Hanover is the Kentish Horse is usually depicted as rearing or rampant wehereas the White Horse of Hanover is displayed at full gallop.
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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