The Queen’s Beast Collection from the Royal Mint is one of the newest offerings in the numismatic community, and it celebrates the statues of English heraldic creatures that were on display at the 1953 official coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II inside of Westminster Abbey. Right now, the 2017 ¼ oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Dragon Coin is available to purchase online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in a protective flip, mint tubes of 25, or Monster Boxes of 500 coins!
- 3rd release in the Queen’s Beast Collection!
- Contains ¼ Troy oz. of .9999 pure gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of £25 (GBP) backed by the government of the United Kingdom.
- Obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse includes the Red Dragon of Wales design.
- Both designs from Jody Clark.
All 2017 ¼ oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Dragon Coins in this listing are in BU condition. Coins in BU condition show no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks from the production process at the mint.
Owen Tudor was the first to use the image of the Red Dragon of Wales as a badge. He was a Welsh courtier and the second husband of Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V. Owen descended from a prominent family from Penmynydd in the Isle of Anglesey, and was the grandfather of Henry VII, who founded the Tudor dynasty.
The obverse of these gold bullion coins includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as referenced above. Her Majesty ascended to the British throne in 1952 following the death of her father, the king. Her coronation ceremony was held in 1953 and included 10 plaster statues of Queen’s Beasts.
On the reverse of the 2017 1 oz British Queen’s Beast Dragon Gold Coin is the image of the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon is often depicted holding a shield bearing a lion in each quarter of it, which was the coat of arms for Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, who was the last native Prince of Wales.
Jody Clark is the designer of both images on the Queen’s Beast Collection. In July 2015, Clark (a Royal Mint Engraver) developed the first new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II for British coinage since the 1998 right-profile portrait from Ian Rank-Broadley. Clark, just 33 years old, became the youngest engraver to complete a portrait of the Queen for the Royal Mint and has also been tasked with the creation of the Queen’s Beast imagery.
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