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The Queen's Beasts : The Lion of England - 2017 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

UK17QBQO 2017 Lion of England 1/4oz Gold Proof
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The Lion of England £25 Gold Proof coin from The Queen's Beasts series. The collection was designed by Jody Clark, and features the 5th Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, on the coin's obverse with a classic heraldic image on the reverse. The series was released in 2017, commemorating the year Her Majesty became the longest reigning monarch in history. In this edition of the series, the coin captures a depiction of the lion in its 'rampant' pose. The lion signals majesty, strength, and military might, and is one of the most recognisable images in royal emblems. These symbols of heraldry, myth and ancient legend date back over 1,000 years to King Edward III's reign, and now immortalised in coinage, the Beasts are a highly collectible tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II. Now, numismatists can secure this token of royal heritage to treasure for eternity.
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This quarter ounce gold proof coin from The Royal Mint, honouring The Lion of England, is the perfect addition to your coin collection. Both sides of the coin were designed by Jody Clark. The coin's obverse presents the 5th Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, with the reverse depicting the lion in its signature 'rampant' pose. The lion is accompanied by a royal shield acting as a motif connecting The Queen's Beasts collection, of which this coin is one of 10 in the series. For every coin in the series, Jody Clark took inspiration from heraldry and the true nature of the beast. Each coin in the limited presentation series arrives with a booklet produced in association with Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald at the College of Arms. 

The Lion of England has represented bravery, valour and strength since its origins in 1127, when a blue shield was gifted to Geoffrey Plantagenet on his marriage to Henry I's daughter, Matilda. The tradition of using lions on shields was formalised by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century. The practice has remained a staple of British culture and present on the Royal Coat of Arms ever since. The Lion of England was one of 10 statues sculpted by James Woodford, OBE. The six-foot-tall statues formed a guard of honour, The Queen's Beasts, at the entrance to Westminster Abbey in 1953, on the occasion of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II. The figures were inspired by statues at Hampton Court Palace created over 400 years ago for Henry VIII and known as The King's Beasts. Today, The Queen's Beasts are displayed at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec. Portland stone replicas, again designed by James Woodford, OBE, watch over Kew Gardens in London. 

Gold Proof coins are ideal for a serious collector. Minted at The Royal Mint with intricate designs, they represent the highest quality of commemorative coin and are therefore highly sought after. Gold Proof coins are also created by The Royal Mint to be enjoyed and treasured as a piece of history. Proof coins make the perfect gift to hand down to generations of family. They can also be gifted for a wedding, anniversary, birthday or special occasion.