The Queen's Beasts Gold Proof Coins - The Queen's Beasts 1 oz Gold bullion proof coin series celebrates the British Monarchy and the centuries of fascinating heraldry that has been a part of their story. Each animal of The Queen's Beasts is fashioned into 1 oz .9999 fine Proof Gold coins beginning in 2016.
At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten heraldic beasts stood guard. Plaster models were created for the occasion, symbolizing the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. After the coronation, they were removed to the Great Hall in Hampton Court Palace. In 1957, they were moved again to St George's Hall, Windsor. The beasts were taken into storage in April 1958 while their future was considered. It was eventually decided to offer them to the Commonwealth governments; Canada, being the senior nation, was offered them first. In June 1959, the Canadian government accepted the beasts and they were shipped there in July. Originally, the only colored parts of the statues were their heraldic shield, but for the celebrations of the Canadian federation in 1967, the statues were painted in their full heraldic colors. They are now in the care of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau.
Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark has reimagined The Queen's Beasts taking form in a 1 oz .9999 fine Proof Gold coin. Each of the 10 beasts will adorn the reverse of these Gold coins. The Queen's Beasts will include the following designs:
-The Lion of England - Launched 2017 -The Unicorn of Scotland - Launched 2017 -The Red Dragon of Wales - Launched 2018 -The Griffin of Edward III -The White Greyhound of Richmond -The Black Bull of Clarence -The Falcon of the Plantagenets -The Yale of Beaufort -The White Lion Mortimer -The White Horse of Hanover
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