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2018 Queen’s Beasts Red Dragon of Wales 1/4 Ounce Gold Proof

UK18QDQO 2018 Queen’s Beasts Red Dragon of Wales 1/4 Ounce Gold Proof Reverse
£750.00
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Unleashed in 2018, this limited edition quarter ounce gold proof coin is a tribute to the Red Dragon of Wales. Its the third proof coin released in The Royal Mint’s sought-after Queen’s Beasts series, following the Lion of England and the Unicorn of Scotland. The Queen’s Beasts was inspired by a series of statues displayed at Her Majesty the Queen’s 1953 Coronation. They took the form of the real and mythological creatures that appear on either side of the Coats of Arms of British royal and noble houses. The Y Ddraig Goch (red dragon) has been associated with Wales since the sixth-century. The snarling serpent that stars on this coin curls its tail around the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales before the nation’s conquest by English King Edward I. Later, during the reign of the Tudor monarchs, this Queen's Beast was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms. Like all the coins in this series the Red Dragon of Wales design is the work of Jody Clark. He’s also responsible for the portrait of Elizabeth II that appears on the obverse. This .9999 gold edition weighs 7.80 grams and has a face value of £25. Its from a limited mintage of 1,500 pieces and comes in its original box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Quarter ounce .9999 gold Queen's Beasts coin with Welsh dragon design.

The Queen's Beasts

New coins 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 collection 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.

All ten designs in the series, as well as the final Completer piece, released in 2021, are the work of the Royal Mint's Jody Clark. He’s in the unusual position of having his work on both sides of the Queen's Beasts coin as he is also responsible for the fifth definitive portrait of Elizabeth II.

Red Dragon of Wales

The image of the Y Ddraig Goch (red dragon) has been associated with Wales since as early as the sixth century. The snarling serpent that stars on this coin curls its tail around the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales before the nation’s conquest by English King Edward I. 

Later, the Red Dragon was coopted as a heraldic supported by the House of Tudor, the Welsh dynasty that ruled England and Wales from 1485 to 1603. The beast takes centre stage on the national flag of Wales where it appears 'passant' on a green and white background.

The Red Dragon was the third Queen's Beasts proof coin, released in 2018 though a bullion edition was offered the previous year with a 2017 date.

Quarter Ounce Gold

This Queen's Beasts coin has a face value of £25 / Twenty-Five Pounds.

This quarter ounce gold edition is from a limited mintage of 1,500 pieces.

It's struck in 7.80 grams of .9999 gold: that’s 24 carat. The diameter of this piece is 22.00 millimetres.

This coin is offered in The Royal Mint's finest proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are stuck multiple times with hand-prepared dies for a high level of detail and lustre.

You'll receive your 1/4 ounce Red Dragon of Wales coin in its original presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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