2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce
The Royal Mint’s final addition to the seminal Queen’s Beasts series: this 5 Ounce Gold Proof Completer coin is what you need to finish your collection. What makes this 156.30 gram gold coin so special? Keep reading to find out more about this £500 piece.
The Queen’s Beasts Collection
New additions in the Royal Mint's Queen's Beasts collection have been flying off the shelves since the first design was revealed in 2016. Coins in the series, including the 2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce, combine lifelike animals with graphic heraldic elements.
The series was inspired by ten statues – crafted by sculptor James Woodford – that stood guard during the Queen's 1953 coronation. Featuring the real and mythological beasts that appear on the coats of arms of British royal houses, the Queen's Beasts symbolise Her Majesty's noble lineage.
The Completer Coin
This final coin in the Queen’s Beasts series incorporates the ten heraldic beasts that featured on the previous releases, encircling a small portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. The reverse legend reads ‘THE QUEEN’S BEASTS – 2021’.
As with all coins in the collection, the 2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce is the work of Royal Mint designer Jody Clark. His creations are influenced by the original sculptures, studying real animals and a childhood interests in fantastic beasts.
Unusually, Clark’s designs feature on both sides of the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin as he is also the artist responsible for the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Elizabeth II. The obverse inscription flags the face value of this striking coin. It reads 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·'
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Each of the beasts featured on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin has a royal story to tell. Some are instantly recognisable, while others are more obscure. Here’s a quick who’s who of the creatures in the order that they appear, listed clockwise from top.
The Lion of England: A symbol of courage and strength, the lion first became associated with English royalty in the middle ages, famously appearing on Richard the Lionheart’s great seal: the earliest documented royal coat of arms. On the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin, the roaring king of the jungle wears a crown.
The Red Dragon of Wales: The Y Ddraig Goch (red dragon) has been associated with Wales since the sixth-century. Later, during the reign of the Tudor monarchs, this snarling serpent was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms. The dragon extends a threatening talon to the Lion of England which is depicted next to it on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin.
The Griffin of Edward III: With the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, the griffin was said to be both powerful and intelligent, known for guarding treasure: a fitting subject for a coin. Edward III used the griffin on his private seal and it appears on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin too, wings raised.
The Unicorn of Scotland: Legend says that the Scots choose the unicorn as their emblem because the horned beast was a natural enemy of the lion: the symbol of their old enemy, the English. After the 1707 Act of Union, the unicorn joined its rival on the arms of the United Kingdom and appears on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin as well.
The Black Bull of Clarence: The black bull was a symbol of the Yorkist kings, used by the likes of Edward IV and Richard III, to signify their royal descent through the bull-like Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. On the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin the bull appears to the base of the reverse design.
The Falcon of the Plantagenets: Hunting with birds of prey was an elite sport in medieval England, so using this beast in heraldry suggested nobility and prowess. The falcon, depicted with its wings outstretched on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin coin, was particularly associated with Edward IV and the House of York.
The Yale of Beaufort: The yale became linked with the British monarchy through Henry VII’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose family used the spotted, goat-like mythological creature in their arms. This bizarre looking beast accompanies its more recognisable fellows on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin.
The White Lion of Mortimer: Richard III, who Henry VII defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field, claimed royal descent through another grand lady: Anne de Mortimer. Her family’s symbol, the white lion, is seen in profile on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin and, unlike the Lion of England, this Queen’s Beast is uncrowned.
The White Horse of Hanover: While other creatures featured on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin harken back to the middle ages, the white horse trotted in during the eighteenth-century. The first Hanoverian King, George I co-opted the German Sachsenross (Saxon steed) into the British heraldic stable, leading to a profusion of pubs named in its honour.
The White Greyhound of Richmond: Returning to Wars of the Roses, the white greyhound, its depiction on the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin collared but unleashed, was associated with both Yorkists and Lancastrians, connoting loyalty and vigour. Henry VII adopted the dog to indicate his descent from both houses, reinforcing his right to rule.
Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin
The 2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce weighs in at 156.30 grams of 999.9 fine gold, finished to the finest proof standard.
The Completer Coin has a diameter of 50.00 millimetres, allowing you to view the intricate craftsmanship of the design in all its glory.
In this series, the only heavier Gold Proof coins are the One Kilo and coveted single edition 10 Kilo coin: the largest gold coin ever produced by the Royal Mint.
Scarce and Highly Collectible
Collectors have been clamouring to complete their Queen's Beasts sets, with each release more anticipated than the last. With just 150 coins available in this highly limited mintage, our stock of the 2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce is likely to sell fast.
Whether you have already acquired others in the series or are just starting your collection, this Five Ounce Gold Proof coin is a great addition. Your purchase comes in its original Royal Mint packaging together with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and a commemorative booklet.
VAT and Capital Gains Tax Free
Though the 2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce has a nominal face value of £500, it is actually worth much more, thanks to its high gold content. However, because it is still legal tender in the UK, the coin is free from Capital Gains Tax.
Additionally, the 2021 Queen's Beasts Completer Gold Proof Five Ounce is classed as investment gold so benefits from VAT exemption. If you are diversifying your investments with gold, this Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin is a great way to take advantage of these benefits.
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