2021 Queen's Beasts Quarter Ounce Silver Proof 10 Coin Set
The Queen's Beasts Collection
New additions in the Royal Mint's Queen's Beasts collection have been flying off the shelves since the first design was revealed in 2016. Each of the ten coins in the much talked about series 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.
Ten designs were revealed over the course of five years, all the work of The Royal Mint designer, Jody Clark. His creations were influenced by the original sculptures, studying real animals and a childhood interest in fantastic beasts.
Unusually, Clark's designs feature on both sides of the Queen's Beasts coins as he is also the artist responsible for the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Elizabeth II.
Ten Quarter Ounce Silver Proof Coins
Each of the ten coins in the 2021 Queen's Beasts Quarter Ounce Silver Proof Ten Coin Set weighs in at 7.86 grams of 999 fine silver, finished to the finest proof standard. That means that the dies used to strike these coins were hand prepared, and the coin was struck slowly, multiple times, to ensure an exquisite product.
Each coin in the set has a diameter of 22.00 millimetres, allowing you to view the intricate craftsmanship of each design as they were intended to be enjoyed.
Previously, individual coins in the Queen's Beasts series have been available in a Quarter Ounce Gold Proof edition but the same denomination has not been offered in Silver Proof. That means you will not find these Quarter Ounce Silver Proof coins outside of this limited edition ten-coin set.
In addition to the unique denomination, coins in the 2021 Queen's Beasts Quarter Ounce Silver Proof Ten Coin Set also have another unique feature: a special frosted reverse. This means that Jody Clark's designs really stand out from their matt effect backgrounds.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Each of the beasts featured in the 2021 Queen’s Beasts Quarter Ounce Silver Proof Ten Coin Set set have a 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 in which they were first released on Proof coinage.
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 coin, the roaring king of the jungle wears a crown. You can also purchase this coin alone as The Queen's Beasts : The Lion of England - 2017 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin or The Queen's Beasts : The Lion of England - 2017 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin today.
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. Get this coin in gold as The Queen's Beasts : The Unicorn of Scotland - 2017 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin or The Queen's Beasts : The Unicorn of Scotland - 2017 UK Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Coin today.
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 on this and single coin options, including The Queen's Beasts : The Red Dragon of Wales - 2018 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin.
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. The Black Bull is also available on its own as The Queen's Beasts : The Black Bull of Clarence - 2018 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin or The Queen's Beasts : The Black Bull of Clarence - 2018 UK Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Coin.
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 here with its wings outstretched, was particularly associated with Edward IV and the House of York. Get this one in Gold Proof by shopping for The Queen's Beasts : The Falcon of the Plantagenets - 2019 UK Quarter Ounce Gold Proof Coin.
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 can also be found on the The Queen's Beasts : The Yale of Beaufort - 2019 UK Quarter Ounce Gold Proof 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 this Queen's Beasts coin and, unlike the Lion of England, this beastie 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. We've got The Queen's Beasts : The White Horse of Hanover - 2020 UK Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin : NGC Graded PF70 and The Queen's Beasts : The White Horse of Hanover - 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin in stock right now.
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. Want this in gold? Learn about The Queen's Beasts : The White Greyhound of Richmond 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin by clicking the link.
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. Choose The Queen's Beasts: The Griffin of Edward III - 2021 UK Five Ounce Gold Proof Coin or The Queen's Beasts: The Griffin of Edward III - 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin if you want this design in gold.
Limited Edition and Highly Collectible
Collectors have been working hard to complete their Queen's Beasts sets, with each release selling out faster than the last. This set is your chance to get hold of all the available designs in Quarter Ounce Silver Proof. Given the popularity of single issues, we know that these sets – part of a limited-edition presentation of just 1,250 – will sell fast.
Though each coin in the 2021 Queen's Beasts Quarter Ounce Silver Proof Ten Coin Set has a nominal face value of 50p, they are actually worth much more, thanks to their significant silver content. However, because they are still legal tender in the UK, the set is free from Capital Gains Tax.
Whether you have already acquired other denominations in the series or are just starting your collection, the 2021 Queen's Beasts Quarter Ounce Silver Proof Ten Coin Set is a great choice. Your purchase comes in its original Royal Mint packaging together with a numbered certificate of authenticity and a commemorative booklet, exploring the story and symbolism of the Queen's Beasts.
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