2016 Queen's Beasts: The Lion - APMEX celebrates the first release of The Royal Mint's The Queen's Beasts Series with the lion. The Queen's Beasts The Lion coin features 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 shown 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.
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
To view available 2016 Queen's Beasts The Lion coins, click on the image representing the Lion coins of your interest: