2022 Tudor Beasts Lion Of England One Ounce Gold Proof Coin
The Lion of England guards this latest addition to The Royal Mint's Tudor Beasts series in 1 oz of fine gold.
Royal Tudor Beasts
Following the success of the Queen's Beasts series, the Royal Mint launched a new collection of creatures in late 2021, celebrating England's most famous royal dynasty.
Created in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, the Royal Tudor Beasts is inspired by a series of heraldic statues at Hampton Court Palace. The beastly statues represent the lineage of Henry VIII and his third queen, Jane Seymour and offer an insight into the fascinating world of the Tudor court and the royals and nobles who lived through these turbulent times.
The Hampton Court statues include heraldic supporters that previously featured on the Queen's Beasts coins but there are significant differences. Notably, a different artist has been called up depict the real and mythological beasts, giving these coins a distinct style.
You can read more about the Tudor Beasts and their relationship to the Queen's Beasts on our blog.
The Lion of England
The second coin in the Tudor Beasts collection stars the Lion of England. Lions have been associated with English royalty since the twelfth century. Her Majesty the Queen's coat of arms features the historic image of three lions passant as well as a lion as a supporter.
The Tudor lion is crowned and clutches a shield showing the combined arms of king Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, the mother of his son, Edward VI.
It's a stylised image but still more realistic than the Hampton Court statues. David Lawrence, the artist behind all ten Tudor Beasts coins, said about his design concept:
'I had to walk the fine line of combining these naturalistic elements … with a stylised, heraldic depiction of the beast to fit the overarching concept'.
999.9 Fine Gold Coin
This 1 oz gold proof 2022 Lion of England coin is part of an extensive range, available in different sizes, metals and finishes. All feature Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse.
The one ounce edition measures 32.69 millimetres in diameter and is struck in 31.21 grams of 999.9 fine gold with a milled edge. It has a face value of One Hundred Pounds and is offered in its original packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Only 400 of these gold Lion of England coins have been offered by The Royal Mint, down from the 500 1oz gold Seymour Panther coins offered. Assuming these numbers represent a general trend through the series, we recommend getting hold of a Lion of England piece now, while stocks last.
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