The Queen's Beasts : The Falcon of the Plantagenets - 2019 UK Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Coin
The Gold Queen's Beasts are a series of 10 coin designs issued by the Royal Mint to represent the ten heraldic statues that were lining the entrance to Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 1953. The reverse of each Gold Queen's Beasts 1oz Coin will show an image of one of the Queen's Beasts.
The Queen's Beasts are:
- The Lion of England
- The Unicorn of Scotland
- The The Red Dragon of Wales
- The Black Bull of Clarence
- The Falcon of the Plantagenets
- The Yale of Beaufort
- The White Lion of Mortimer
- The White Horse of Hanover
- The White Greyhound of Richmond
- The Griffin of Edward III
Jody Clark has designed the entire range, both Obverse (front, heads) and Reverse (back, tails).
The Reverse of each Gold Queen's Beasts quarter ounce is an image that represents one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The original statues that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey on Coronation day 2 June 1953 are now on display in the Canadian Museum of History.
The Obverse of the Gold Queen's Beasts quarter ounce shows a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. On the first four coins of the bullion version the background was a stucco-like/stipple finish, but this was changed to an arcing pattern of small diamonds.
The release of the Queen's Beasts series was planned to run from 2016 through 2021 and the family of coins include gold, silver and platinum as bullion or proof coins in a wide assortment of weights.
Bullion or Proof: What's the difference?
The main difference is in the finish, and this affects in the visual appearance of the coin. Which type you buy depends what your intentions are.
Proof coins have a mirror-like finish, they are specially made for collectors. You can tell by looking at the clarity of the images and quality of the coin. Gold Queen's Beasts Proofs are top quality and this comes from how meticulously the coin is handled in the production process. The coin starts with polished blanks and is struck (i.e. when the images are pressed into the metal) several times to improve the image details.
This extra care incurs considerable additional manufacturing cost and a proof Gold Queen's Beasts will cost much more than the gold content of the coin. It will also attract a high re-sale price if you do decide to sell it and there are strong markets for these coins. Proof coins often have Certificates of Authenticity and attractive packaging.
Gold Queen's Beasts Bullion coins are minted purely for gold investment. The coin is not so visually appealing as a proof and may have scuffs and scratches from the production process. If you're just looking for gold, then this is the cheapest way to buy. The price of the bullion coin will normally be close to the gold spot price.
Bullion coins are minted to meet demand and as such the production quantity can be high (even unlimited), but proof versions are very limited.
Once the mintage limit is reached no more will ever be made. This can affect the future value of your Gold Queen's Beasts as it increases the scarcity of the coin. Once the Royal Mint has sold out, the coin can only be obtained from the free market where usually rarity has a premium price.
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