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The Queen's Beasts : The White Greyhound of Richmond 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

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The White Greyhound of Richmond. Limited edition presentation of just 380 proof one ounce coins. 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 modern depiction of the White Greyhound over a Tudor Rose shield. The White Greyhound originates from a badge held by the 1st Duke of Lancaster, during his 14th century tenure as steward/earl of the Honour of Richmond. The White Greyhound was the favourite dog of Northern England at the time. The White Horse signals qualities of fitness, skill, faithfulness and loyalty. 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 White Greyhound of Richmond, 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 White Greyhound in a 'rampant' pose over a Tudor Rose shield. The theme of using a shield on the coin's reverse acts as a motif connecting The Queen's Beasts collection. This White Greyhound coin is the latest release of the 10 coins in the series. For every coin in the collection, 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 White Greyhound of Richmond has represented fitness, skill, faithfulness and loyalty since its origins in the time of the 1st Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt. The image was first depicted as a Royal Beast by Edward III. A later monarch, Henry VII, displayed the White Greyhound to honour his Tudor and House of Lancaster ancestry. The White Greyhound of Richmond 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. 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.


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