The Royal Mint of London is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious refineries. As a result of the expansion of the British Empire around the world, the Royal Mint once operated refineries on as many as four different continents. Today it remains the primary production facility for coinage in the United Kingdom, and right now the all-new 2016 2 oz British Silver Queen’s Beast Coin is available from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in an individual plastic flip, in mint tubes of 10, or in mint boxes of 200.
- 1st release in a series of 10 coins! Precedes the 2 oz Queen’s Beast Griffin.
- 1st ever 2 oz Silver Bullion coin from the Royal Mint!
- Contains 2 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver.
- Bears a face value of 5 (GBP) and is fully backed by the government of Britain.
- Reverse features the image of the Lion, England’s official heraldic beast.
- Obverse bears an all-new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Designed by Jody Clark.
- Available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
The 2016 2 oz British Silver Queen’s Beast Coin in this JM Bullion listing features a Brilliant Uncirculated grade. Coins in BU condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, but may feature minor detracting flaws such as contact marks from striking, breaks in the luster, or spotted surfaces.
Each of these coins represents the first in the Queen’s Beast series of coins from the Royal Mint. This exciting new lineup of silver bullion coins from the mint, the first-ever silver bullion coins in this weight, featuring inspiring designs from Jody Clark.
Clark is the same man who just reimagined Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait for the obverse of all 2016-issue British and commonwealth coinage. Her Majesty’s portrait has not been updated to reflect her age since 1998, when Sir Ian Rank-Broadley created the right-profile portrait still in use by some mints.
On the reverse of the 2016 2 oz British Silver Queen’s Beast Coin is the image of a massive lion standing on its hind legs, with the heraldic shield of Britain in front of it. Engravings on this face identify the animal represented in the series, as well as the coin’s weight, purity, metal content, and year of issue.
The obverse side of the coin bears the latest depiction of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in right-profile relief. The Queen’s portrait is accompanied by engravings of her name and the face value in Pound Sterling. This represents the fifth iteration of Her Majesty’s portrait to appear on UK coinage since 1952.
The Royal Mint was originally founded in the 9th century as the London Mint. Over time it has given rise to the existence of the Perth Mint in Australia, a former Royal Mint location in that country, as well as the Royal Canadian Mint’s original facility in Ottawa.
If you have any questions about these coins, please feel free to contact JM Bullion at 800-276-6508. You can also reach us online using our live web chat and email features. If you would like to similar products, check out the rest of our British Silver Coins.