2017 GB Proof 1 oz Gold Queen's Beasts Unicorn (w/Box & COA)
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The Unicorn is the second release in the proof series of The Queen's Beasts!
- Sold out at the mint.
- Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
- Comes in box and includes a certificate of authenticity. Also accompanied by a booklet produced in collaboration with Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald of the College of Arms.
- Maximum mintage of 475 coins.
- Obverse: Portrays the fifth effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse: Designed by Jody Clark, the design features a majestic unicorn leaping over a shield.
- Guaranteed by The Royal Mint.
This majestic coin is a must-have for any collection! Add this 2017 Great Britain Proof 1 oz Gold Queen's Beasts Unicorn to your cart today!
When Her Majesty The Queen was crowned in 1953, the entrance to Westminster Abbey was guarded by ten fantastical creatures. The Queen’s Beasts were six-foot tall statues that symbolized the heritage and history Queen Elizabeth II inherited that day. These royal protectors have been brought to life in a collection named in their honor, which began in the year The Queen became the world’s longest reigning living monarch and continues in the year of Her Majesty’s Sapphire Jubilee.
An enduring symbol of strength and beauty, it’s easy to see how the unicorn came to be used in heraldry. It first appeared on Scottish heraldry in the twelfth century, after William I created an early form of the Scottish coat of arms. James I of England, who united the English and Scottish thrones, chose the Scottish Unicorn to join the Lion of England to support the Royal Arms. They have supported this shield, which symbolizes the sovereignty of Her Majesty The Queen and represents the unity of the United Kingdom, ever since.
The Unicorn of Scotland has been brought to life in a contemporary design by prestigious Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark, who created the current coinage portrait of Her Majesty. The unicorn is the second release in the collection but eight beasts are soon to follow. Each coin comes with a booklet on the origins of this fantastical beast, which has been produced in collaboration with Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald of the College of Arms.
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