2020 Queen's Beasts White Lion Of Mortimer Two Ounce Silver Bullion Coin
Jody Clark's fifth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with legend around reading: 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·'.
Lion facing right above shield of arms with blazing sun. Legend around reads: 'WHITE LION OF MORTIMER · 2OZ · FINE SILVER · 999.9 · 2020'. Artist: Jody Clark.
Bullion coin, struck in 62.42 grams of 999.9 fine silver. Diameter: 38.61 millimetres. Face value: £5 / Five Pounds.
Uncirculated Royal Mint bullion coin, offered in capsule or protective sleeve.
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Lions have been used in heraldry for centuries, representing strength and courage. As the 'King of the Beasts' the lion is often associated with royalty, shown crowned on coats of arms of many European monarchs and nobles.
The White Lion of Mortimer is shown uncrowned in this design by Jody Clark, its tail tucked behind its body to suggest dignified loyalty. This lion - presented quite differently to the Lion of England - is a symbol associated with Anne de Mortimer, grandmother of Yorkist King Edward IV. Later, King Henry VII, the first of the Tudors, used the White Lion to show his links with the House of York. Modern British monarchs, including King Charles III are distantly related to their medieval predecessors.
The shield that the White Lion of Mortimer grasps with its clawed paw is emblazoned with a 'white rose en soliel', another symbol associated with the Yorkists. It combines their traditional white rose (as opposed to the rival House of Lancaster's red rose) with a sun-ray motif. Some believe that the sunburst design was incorporated into the House of York's heraldry after a parhelion or 'sun dog' appeared to the future Edward IV's troops before a major battle during the Wars of the Roses, interpreted as a sign from God.
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