The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof
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The Queen’s Beasts Collection
New additions in the Royal Mint's The Queen's Beasts collection have been flying off the shelves since the first design was revealed in 2016. Coins in the series, including The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof, 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.
We’ve enjoyed the One Ounce and Five Ounce releases over the last few years but these designs are something else when viewed on the One and Two Kilo editions that have been released in very limited numbers over the course of the series. The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof coin embodies the beauty of this seminal collection.
The Completer Coin
This final coin in the Queen’s Beasts series incorporates the ten heraldic beasts that featured on the previous releases, encircling a small portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. The reverse legend reads ‘THE QUEEN’S BEASTS – 2021’.
As with all coins in the collection, The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof is the work of Royal Mint designer Jody Clark. His creations are influenced by the original sculptures, studying real animals and a childhood interests in fantastic beasts.
Unusually, Clark’s designs feature on both sides of The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof as he is also the artist responsible for the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Elizabeth II. The obverse inscription flags the face value of this striking coin. It reads 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2000 POUNDS ·'
Two Kilo Gold Proof Coin
The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof coin weighs in at 2010.00 grams of 999 fine gold, finished to the finest Proof standard. The quality of the finish on this marvellous piece is easy determined, even from photographs which show the contrast between the mirrored background fields, compared to matt relief areas.
The Completer Coin has a diameter of 150.00 millimetres, allowing you to view the intricate craftsmanship of the design in all its glory. The lifelike details of the creatures can be examined and enjoyed, revealing the talent of the artist.
In this series, the only heavier Gold Proof coin is the coveted, single edition 10 Kilo coin: the largest gold coin ever produced by the Royal Mint. With only four of The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof coins minted, however, these stunning oversized coins will remain scarce.
Sought-After and Highly Collectible
Each new release in The Queen’s Beasts series has proved more popular than the last and the Completer coin is no exception. The One Kilo editions have proved particularly attractive to collectors with these heavier editions, available in very small numbers, being snapped up fast.
Whether you have already acquired others in this series or are just starting your collection, this The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof coin is an excellent addition.
Your purchase comes encapsulated in its original Royal Mint packaging, including a bespoke wooden box. The numbered certificate of authenticity, included alongside a commemorative booklet, marks your The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof as one of a scant but beautiful mintage.
Ten Fantastic Beasts
Each of the beasts featured on The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof coin has a royal story to tell. Some are instantly recognisable, while others are more obscure. Here’s a quick who’s who of the creatures in the order that they appear, listed clockwise from top.
The Lion of England
A symbol of courage and strength, the lion first became associated with English royalty in the middle ages, famously appearing on Richard the Lionheart’s great seal: the earliest documented royal coat of arms. On the Queen’s Beasts: Completer Coin, the roaring king of the jungle wears a crown.
The Red Dragon of Wales
The Y Ddraig Goch (red dragon) has been associated with Wales since the sixth-century. Later, during the reign of the Tudor monarchs, this snarling serpent was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms. The dragon extends a threatening talon to the Lion of England which is depicted next to it on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin.
The Griffin of Edward III
With the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, the griffin was said to be both powerful and intelligent, known for guarding treasure: a fitting subject for a coin. Edward III used the griffin on his private seal and it appears on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin too, wings raised.
The Unicorn of Scotland
Legend says that the Scots choose the unicorn as their emblem because the horned beast was a natural enemy of the lion: the symbol of their old enemy, the English. After the 1707 Act of Union, the unicorn joined its rival on the arms of the United Kingdom and appears on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin as well.
The Black Bull of Clarence
The black bull was a symbol of the Yorkist kings, used by the likes of Edward IV and Richard III, to signify their royal descent through the bull-like Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. On The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin the bull appears to the base of the reverse design.
The Falcon of the Plantagenets
Hunting with birds of prey was an elite sport in medieval England, so using this beast in heraldry suggested nobility and prowess. The falcon, depicted with its wings outstretched on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin, was particularly associated with Edward IV and the House of York.
The Yale of Beaufort
The yale became linked with the British monarchy through Henry VII’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose family used the spotted, goat-like mythological creature in their arms. This bizarre looking beast accompanies its more recognisable fellows on the Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin.
The White Lion of Mortimer
Richard III, who Henry VII defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field, claimed royal descent through another grand lady: Anne de Mortimer. Her family’s symbol, the white lion, is seen in profile on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin and, unlike the Lion of England, this Queen’s Beast is uncrowned.
The White Horse of Hanover
While other creatures featured on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin harken back to the middle ages, the white horse trotted in during the eighteenth-century. The first Hanoverian King, George I co-opted the German Sachsenross (Saxon steed) into the British heraldic stable, leading to a profusion of pubs named in its honour.
The White Greyhound of Richmond
Returning to Wars of the Roses, the white greyhound, its depiction on The Queen’s Beasts Completer Coin collared but unleashed, was associated with both Yorkists and Lancastrians, connoting loyalty and vigour. Henry VII adopted the dog to indicate his descent from both houses, reinforcing his right to rule.
VAT and Capital Gains Tax Free
Though The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof has a nominal face value of £2000, it is actually worth much more, thanks to its high gold content. However, because it is still legal tender in the UK, the coin is free from Capital Gains Tax.
Additionally, The Queen’s Beasts Completer 2021 Two Kilo Gold Proof is classed as investment gold so benefits from VAT exemption. If you are diversifying your investments with gold, this Two Kilo Gold Proof Coin is a great way to take advantage of these benefits.
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