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The Queen's Beasts : The Red Dragon of Wales - 2018 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

UK19QDGP-REV
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The Red Dragon of Wales £100 Gold Proof coin forms a tenth of The Queen's Beasts series created by The Royal Mint. 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 Welsh Red Dragon passant crossed with a shield. The Red Dragon of Wales has been mentioned as early as the sixth century, interwoven with legends of King Arthur. It was first adopted as the Welsh national animal by Henry VII's grandfather, Owen Tudor. The Red Dragon signals power, authority and pride. 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 £100 Gold Proof coin from The Royal Mint, honouring The Red Dragon of Wales, 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 Red Dragon of Wales in the iconic Welsh Coat of Arms image. The Red Dragon 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 Red Dragon of Wales has represented power, authority, pride and the struggle against the English Crown. The custom of using the Red Dragon in Welsh heritage has been prominent since the sixth century. The Red Dragon of Wales 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. If you're considering starting a collection, you should know that Proof coins are a worthwhile investment with unrivalled sharpness, detail and finish. Proof coins are made in gold, silver and platinum and hand-finished to remove all imperfections. 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.