2018 Queen's Beasts Red Dragon Of Wales Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin
Five ounce .999 silver proof Queen's Beasts coin with Welsh dragon design.
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 collection 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.
All ten designs in the series, as well as the final Completer piece, released in 2021, are the work of the Royal Mint's Jody Clark. He's in the unusual position of having his work on both sides of the Queen's Beasts coin as he is also responsible for the fifth definitive portrait of Elizabeth II.
Red Dragon of Wales
The image of the Y Ddraig Goch (red dragon) has been associated with Wales since as early as the sixth century. The snarling serpent that stars on this coin curls its tail around the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales before the nation’s conquest by English King Edward I.
Later, the Red Dragon was coopted as a heraldic supported by the House of Tudor, the Welsh dynasty that ruled England and Wales from 1485 to 1603. The beast takes centre stage on the national flag of Wales where it appears 'passant' on a green and white background.
The Red Dragon was the third Queen's Beasts proof coin, released in 2018. A bullion edition was offered the following year.
Five Ounces of Silver
This Queen's Beasts coin is struck to The Royal Mint's in 156.30 grams of .999 silver. The diameter of this piece is 65.00 millimetres
Only 500 of these five oz silver Red Dragon of Wales coins were minted.
This coin is offered in The Royal Mint's finest proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are stuck multiple times with hand-prepared dies for a high level of detail and lustre.
You'll receive your five ounce Red Dragon of Wales coin in its original presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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