2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Queen's Beasts
Quarter oz gold proof Falcon of the Plantagenets Queen's Beasts coin: fifth release in popular series.
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 series, including this 1/4 ounce gold proof example combine lifelike animals with graphic heraldic elements in designs by Royal Mint artist Jody Clark.
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.
Falcon of the Plantagenets
In medieval times, hunting with birds of prey like falcons was a sport for elites. Choosing a falcon as an emblem suggested that bearer possessed nobility and prowess as well as the attributes of a falcon: determination and a keen eye. The beast is shown with its wings outstretched on this coin.
The falcon's talons clutch the badge of Plantagenets King, Edward IV, who claimed his throne during the wars of the roses. His shield shows a falcon perched atop a fetterlock which is a type of shackle. Edward’s distant descendant, Elizabeth II, appears on the obverse of this Queen's Beasts coin.
One Ounce Gold Coin
This Falcon of the Plantagenets coin is struck in 7.80 grams of 999.9 fine gold with a 22.00 millimetre diameter making it comparable in size to a Sovereign. It's finished to flawless proof standard. Intended for collectors, proof coins show more detail than their bullion counterparts.
The finish is preserved by the original capsule, case and box that this Queen’s Beasts coin was issued in. Also enclosed is a numbered certificate of authenticity which confirms that this quarter oz gold edition is from a highly limited presentation of just 1,250 pieces.
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