2016 Great Britain 2 oz Silver Queen's Beasts The Lion

2016 Great Britain 2 oz Silver Queen's Beasts The Lion

As low as $4.09 per oz over spot!
This is the first release in a 10 coin series of majestic creatures from The Royal Mint. The Queen's Beasts series features the heraldic beasts that stood guard at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 2 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
  • Housed in a protective plastic. Orders of 10 or more coins come in tubes. Orders of 200 or more coins are packaged in Monster Boxes.
  • Obverse: Displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 5 pounds.
  • Reverse: Features a majestic lion, metal weight, purity and year.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the British government.

Protect your Queen's Beasts 2016 (The Lion) 2 oz Silver bullion coin by adding these cotton gloves to your order.

The 2016 Queen's Beasts Silver coin is the first 2 oz Silver British Bullion coin from the Royal Mint. Add the first coin of this exciting 10 coin series to your cart today!

At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, 10 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 symbolized the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. Each proud beast, used as a 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 – have gone on to inspire the highly-praised new talent, Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark.

The Lion of England Queen's Beast is the crowned golden lion of England which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the accession of James I in 1603. It is supporting a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. In the first and last quarters of the shield are the lions of England. The lion and treasure of Scotland appear in the second, and the harp of Ireland is in the third.

The Barbary lion is a national animal of England. Lion was the nickname of England's medieval warrior rulers with a reputation for bravery, such as Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart. Lions are frequently depicted in English heraldry, either as a device on shields themselves, or as supporters. They also appear in sculpture, and sites of national importance, such as Trafalgar Square. The lion is used as a symbol of English sporting teams, such as the England national cricket team.

One of the oldest institutions in the world, the Royal Mint began producing coins for England, and eventually Great Britain, more than 1,100 years ago. The mint also produces and exports coins for other countries, as well as military medals, and other products for the British government. The Royal Mint has been witness to the legendary kings and queens, political upheavals, social and governmental progress, and scientific and technological breakthroughs.

The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.

The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.

In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.

One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.

Silver Coins Make a Good Selection for any Collector and Investor

For beginning and experienced investors, the Queen's Beasts Silver 2 oz coin is a popular choice. The affordable price point coupled with the popularity of the coin makes it a great Silver coin to own. Every Queen's Beasts Silver coin is a sovereign coin backed by the British government. The Queen's Beasts Silver bullion contains 2 oz of .9999 fine Silver, adding value to these coins. Buy these British Silver coins today at competitive prices.

Impressive Queen's Beasts Silver Coin High in Value

The British Mint is one of the oldest mints in the world. In their long and storied history, they have produced some of the world's most collected Gold and Silver bullion. Adding to that impressive legacy is the 2016 Great Britain 2 oz Silver Queen's Beasts coin. It is the first of a 10-coin series and was one of the most popular upon inception. These Silver bullion coins are good for beginning and experienced investors. With these coins, collectors will own a popular, low mintage coin.
Customer Reviews of 2016 Great Britain 2 oz Silver Queen's Beasts The Lion
2016 Great Britain 2 oz Silver Queen's Beasts The Lion
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Great Coin, arrived dirty

By  87th

from NJ

3.0

Beautiful coin. It was a little dirty around the rim. Fast delivery!

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Beautiful Coin

By  Tim

from Philadelphia, PA

5.0

The first coin of what seems to be an amazing series. Good design and good price.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition

Great coin

By  JT

from Kansas

5.0

Picked this up with the 2017 coin. Both are great coins and nice departures from the one ounce size.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Awesome Coin

By  Stormin

from Buffalo, NY

5.0

Awesome Coin and feels great to hold. Fast shipping and product was mint

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Gorgeous Coin

By  NumisFranz

from Long Island, NY

5.0

Beautiful and collectible coin. APMEX always first class service.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Top notch coin

By  Hateful

from Blaine, WA

5.0

This is a great looking coin with excellent detail and design.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition

queen's beast!

By  stackerjoe

from woodsfield,oh

5.0

buy the beast!

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

The best designs

By  msjulia

from washington dc

5.0

The Queen Beast series are everything the royal mint should be - regal and beautiful and classic. I can't wait to collect the series.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Beautiful Coin and Great Delivery

By  gold_guy_1234

from Sandy Hook, CT

5.0

This is an extremely beautiful coin. Just got the 1 for my collection. Apmex came through with an easy ordering process, simple payment and fast delivery.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

GOOD BUY

By  J.R.

from Kentucky

5.0

ordered 5 beasts quick delivery. Well pleases.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

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Long and Important History depicted on Queen's Beasts Silver Coins

The lion and England have a long history together. The Lion of England was a supporter of the Royal Arms, and the lion was a symbol for bravery and strength. The lion is an important animal and symbol for England whose image is used throughout English culture and society. It is appropriate for the 2016 Great Britain 2 oz Silver Queen's Beasts series to depict the lion with its inaugural release. Buy your British Silver coin today and diversify your collection.
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