2017 Queen's Beasts: The Griffin - APMEX celebrates the second release of The Royal Mint's The Queen's Beasts Series with the griffin. 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. The griffin of Edward III Queen's Beast is an ancient mythical beast. It was considered a beneficent creature, signifying 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 shield shows the Round Tower of Windsor Castle, where Edward III was born, with the Royal Standard flying from the turret, enclosed by two branches of oak surmounted by the royal crown.
At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, 10 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.
Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark has reimagined The Queen's Beasts, taking form in a 2 oz .9999 fine Silver, 1/4 oz .9999 fine Gold and 1 oz .9999 fine Gold coins. Each of the 10 beasts will adorn the reverse of these coins. The Queen's Beasts will include the following designs:
-The Lion of England -The Griffin of Edward III -The Red Dragon of Wales -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 -The Unicorn of Scotland
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