The Queen's Beasts Silver Proof Coins - The Queen's Beasts Silver bullion coin series celebrates the British Monarchy and the centuries of fascinating heraldry that has been a part of their story. Each of animal of The Queen's Beasts is fashioned into 2 oz .9999 fine Silver Proof coins beginning in 2016.
The first coin in this series is 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. It supports a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria's accession in 1837. In the first and last quarters of the shield are the lions of England, taken from the arms of Richard I "The Lionheart". The lion and tressure of Scotland appear in the second, and the harp of Ireland is in the third.
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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. Today, The Queen's Beasts can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom.
In 1958, Sir Henry Ross, Chairman of the Distillers Company in Edinburgh, paid for Portland stone replicas of the statues, which are on display outside the Palm House at Kew Gardens. The beasts also served as models for topiary at Hall Place, Bexley. The original sculptures have been commemorated in the following forms: bone china figurines, cups and saucers, glass tray sets, plaster models, reclaimed material reproductions, porcelain candlesticks, British postage stamps issued in 1998, Silver tea spoons and tea towels.
Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark has reimagined The Queen's Beasts taking form in a 2 oz .9999 fine Proof Silver coin. Each of the 10 beasts will adorn the reverse of these Silver coins. The Queen's Beasts will include the following designs: