The QUEEN’S BEASTS are British coins issued by The ROYAL MINT Ltd., since 2016. At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten Heraldic Beasts stood guard. (Heraldic: Originally a type of messenger employed by noblemen, assumed the responsibility of learning and knowing the rank, pedigree, and heraldic devices of various knights and lords, as well as the rules and protocols governing the design and description, or blazoning of arms, and the precedence of their bearers.)
The QUEEN’S BEASTS, sculpted by
James Woodford RA (Royal Academian, a full member of the Royal Academy) for the coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey in 1953, stand six feet tall. The heraldic creatures symbolized the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. Each proud beast, used as a heraldic badge by generations that went before her, was inspired by the King’s Beasts of Henry VIII that still line the bridge over the moat at his Hampton Court Palace.
The Queen’s Beasts Collection is a series of ten coins from The Royal Mint, inspired by the ancestral beasts of heraldry, myth and legend that have watched over Her Majesty The Queen throughout her extraordinary reign, from her coronation to her Sapphire Jubilee.
Today, The QUEEN’S BEASTS can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas, also carved by James Woodford, watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom. (Portland Stone is a limestone from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset)
The ROYAL MINT Ltd. is wholly owned by Her Majesty's Treasury and is under an exclusive contract to supply all the nation's coinage. As well as minting circulating coins for use domestically and internationally, the mint also produces other precious metal bullion designs. For your informational purposes, The QUEEN’S BEASTS are available in 999.9 pure AU – Royal Gold Bullion.
Formed over 1,100 years ago, the mint was historically part of a series of mints that became centralized to produce coins for the Kingdom of England, all of Great Britain and eventually most of the British Empire. The original London mint from which The ROYAL MINT Ltd. is the successor was established in 886 AD and operated within the Tower of London for approximately 800 years before moving to what is now called ROYAL MINT COURTwhere it remained until the 1960s. As Britain followed the rest of the world in converting currency to the decimal system, the Mint moved from London to a new 38 acres plant in Llantrisant, Wales &endash; The antecedent birthplace of the 'EVENS’ Family, from which the FOUNDER/CEO of CREATIVE CONSULTING LLC and of SILVERBULIONART.COM, is now the patriarch.
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I have left the usage of the words OBVERSE and REVERSE in the form which are used by The ROYAL MINT Ltd. in their description and identification of the different sides of the coins. I found this interesting, yet totally obvious and logical. The logical... The ROYAL MINT Ltd. identifies the side in which the portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is minted, the OBVERSE. However, it interested me when comparing descriptions from American sources. When referring to the side of the Queen's portrait, it is called the REVERSE.
In American, we are familiar with the calling of "Heads or Tails" when tossing a coin. ...an American tradition. "Heads" being the side of the coin that contains the face or head. In numismatic terms it would be called the OBVERSE. So, why are we calling heads, tails and tails, heads? opposite from our English friends?
My challenge, to anyone who is willing to do the research, is to get an explanation worthy of printing on this website, regarding "Why Americans are using the terms OBVERSE and REVERSE backwards, when referring to the pieces in The Queen's Beast Collection." If someone turns in something that has a convincing enough explanation and it is substantial enough for print, I am putting a first edition minting of the LION OF ENGLAND aside and will send it to you in a Premium Display with the submission Printed and Framed to match the display, and recognize your submission in both this article an in a our newsletter to include the friends I’ve made in the United Kingdom …where I went to college.
You may notice this as you review the descriptions in his article.
The LION OF ENGLAND is the first in the series of The QUEEN’S BEASTS. released in March 2016, when we purchased a few. The initial allocation of bullion coins from The ROYAL MINT Ltd.. sold out and was not available again until Mid-June 2016.
On February 18, 2016, Wholesale Direct Metals, with whom I do business, announced that they would be the exclusive North American distributor for The ROYAL MINT Ltd. of the LION OF ENGLAND bullion coins. By mid-2016, the coins were widely available for sale and trade from a variety of sources.
Please note that on the front page of the website there are graphic touch-ups that have been done to the Bullion Art. A degree of graphic touch-up is necessary for me to get almost every picture from the angle which provided the “thin film interference” that creates the beautiful colors, back to some reasonable fascimilie of a bullion round. Also, I’m not a photographer and all these pictures were taken with my smart phone’s 21mp camera. Imagine, now, the absolutely gorgeous colors that I am seeing. There are a few goo shots and I ttry to get a good representation of these Fine Art Investment pieces.
Anyway, a couple more LIONs OF ENGLAND are finished and in "THE QUEEN'S WISHES" category. To see if we have one you like, tap the navigation button in the header. If we happen not to be sold out, please put in a special order. We already need to get a few more Black Bulls and Griffins … you’ll see them shortly. So, If the piece can be purchased, we will do our best to track it down and get it into some spring water.
Taking inspiration from hundreds of years of royal heraldry. The history for this design comes from the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, where ten heraldic beasts stood guard. The QUEEN’S BEASTS, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony caught the attention of thousands.
The obverse features the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, by designer Jody Clark, where her profile is surrounded by the text "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • 5 POUNDS". DG REG FD is an abbreviation of the Latin "Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor," meaning "Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith". It is a form of the style of the British sovereign of Queen Elizabeth II common on coins of the Pound Sterling. Just below the portrait, his initials (JC) appear.
The Welsh dragon was used in the Royal Arms in the sixteenth century and represents sovereignty and power. The Red Dragon of Cadwallader is the emblem of Wales and is a design that is celebrated by all 10 of The QUEEN’S BEASTS .
THE UNICORN OF SCOTLAND is the fourth in the series of Queen's Beasts bullion coins released September 2017. Featuring the 4th creature to appear in the Queen’s Beast Collection, these 2018 2 oz Queen’s Beast Unicorn of Scotland Silver Coins are one of the heavier coins issued this year. The Unicorn of Scotland is perhaps the most elegant of the Queen’s beasts. This mythical creature is believed to possess the powers of healing, and was chosen as the beast to be used on the Coat of Arms by William I. These silver coins join the three previous Queen’s Beast releases, with designs as brilliant as ever – making them perfect for both collectors and investors.
The 2 oz variants of these coins have always held a special place in the precious metals market, for good reason – the first 2 oz silver coins under the Queen’s Beast program were the very first releases from the Royal Mint to boast that particular weight and purity. Each of these coins contains 2 troy ounces of 999.9 pure silver. Moreover, they are considered legal tender in the United Kingdom with a face value of £5 (GBP).
These 2018 2 oz Queen’s Beast Unicorn of Scotland Silver Coins are essential parts of the famous Queen’s Beast series of coins. Collectors hoping to collect the full set of coins cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity to snag one!
Following the success of the Lion of England, the Griffin of Edward III, the Dragon of Wales and the Unicorn of Scotland, we’re excited to reveal The Black Bull of Clarence Two Ounce Fine Silver Bullion Coin, featuring an original design by acclaimed coin designer Jody Clark.
The bullion coins of The QUEEN’S BEASTS Collection are also available in Gold. ¼ and 1oz Platinum editions are being struck in selected designs and there is always a possibility of Palladium, at a future date.
The following is a release schedule for the remaining designs. If you see a design that sounds like something you would want as soon after release as possible, I have the ability to preorder and reserve them for as soon as they are minted…depending on where I get in line. Get your orders to me a quickly as humanly possible.
I will keep looking for the real release schedule. This is an old initial release schedule that, as we already can see by what I have in hand, is way out of sync with reality.•
TO SHIP 09-21-2018
The 6th Beast to feature in the Queens Beast Collection …. I have pre-ordered a few!!!