The Queen's Beasts 1 oz Gold bullion coin series by The Royal Mint 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 Gold coins beginning in 2016. These beautiful Gold coins come in a range of sizes from 1/4 oz to 5 oz.
The History of the Queen’s Beasts
At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten heraldic beasts stood guard. Each beast sits erect, supporting a shield upon which there is a coat of arms or a heraldic badge. 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.
The Design of the Queen’s Beasts
In the autumn of 1952, the Minister of Works, in preparation for the great event some months ahead, called upon the Royal Academician and sculptor Sir, James Woodford, OBE, to create ten new beasts similar in form to King Henry VIII's beasts and character to the ten at Hampton Court but more particularly, appropriate to the Queen. Today, The Queen's Beasts plaster models can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom.
1. Lion of England The Lion of England was the first in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2016. 2. Unicorn of Scotland The Unicorn of Scotland was the second in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2017. 3. Red Dragon of Wales The Red Dragon of Wales was the third in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2017. 4. Black Bull of Clarence The Black Bull of Clarence was the fourth in the Queen's Beasts series, released 2018. 5. Falcon of the Plantagenets The Falcon of the Plantagenets was the fifth in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2018. 6. Yale of Beaufort The Yale of Beaufort was the sixth in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2019. 7. White Lion of Mortimer The White Lion of Mortimer was the seventh in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2019. 8. White Horse of Hanover The White Horse of Hanover was the eighth in the Queen's Beasts series, released in 2020.