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2022 Tudor Beasts Lion Of England One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

UK22TLESP 2022 Tudor Beasts Lion of England 1oz Silver Proof Reverse

Buy a 2022 Tudor Beasts Lion Of England One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The king of the beasts stars on this 1oz silver proof addition to The Royal Mint’s new Tudor Beasts series. Created in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, the Tudor Beasts is a celebration of England’s most famous royal dynasty through the real and heraldic creatures used on their coats of arms. The ten-part collection will feature designs, inspired by a group of statues at Hampton Court Palace. Like all the Tudor Beasts coins, the 2022 Lion of England features a reverse crafted by illustrator David Lawrence. His creations take inspiration from the statues at Hampton Court but aim for a realistic depiction of the beast in question. Lawrence’s lion is crowned and clutches a shield which combines the arms of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. In heraldry, lions symbolise courage and nobility. These fearsome beasts have featured in the English royal arms since medieval times. Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen appears to the obverse. Struck in 31.21 grams of 999 fine silver, this one ounce coin is from a limited edition presentation of just 6,000. It’s offered in The Royal Mint’s finest proof striking standard. Proof coins are struck multiple times with specially prepared dies for a superior finish, aimed at collectors. This example comes in its original presentation packaging from the Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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1oz silver proof Tudor Beasts Lion of England coin: the second addition to the new Royal Mint series.

Royal Tudor Beasts

Following the success of the Queen's Beasts series, the Royal Mint launched a new collection of creatures in late 2021, celebrating England's most famous royal dynasty.

Created in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, the Royal Tudor Beasts is inspired by a series of heraldic statues at Hampton Court Palace. The beastly statues represent the lineage of Henry VIII and his third queen, Jane Seymour and offer an insight into the fascinating world of the Tudor court and the royals and nobles who lived through these turbulent times.

The Hampton Court statues include heraldic supporters that previously featured on the Queen's Beasts coins but there are significant differences. Notably, a different artist has been called up depict the real and mythological beasts, giving these coins a distinct style.

You can read more about the Tudor Beasts and their relationship to the Queen’s Beasts in a recent blog post.

The Lion of England

The second coin in the Tudor Beasts collection stars the Lion of England. Lions have been associated with English royalty since the twelfth century. Her Majesty the Queen's coat of arms features the historic image of three lions passant as well as a lion as a supporter.

The Tudor lion is crowned and clutches a shield showing the combined arms of king Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, the mother of his son, Edward VI.

It's a stylised image but still more realistic than the Hampton Court statues. David Lawrence, the artist behind all ten Tudor Beasts coins, said about his design concept:

'I had to walk the fine line of combining these naturalistic elements … with a stylised, heraldic depiction of the beast to fit the overarching concept'.

Special Edge Inscription

This 1oz silver proof coin is the only Lion of England coin to feature an edge inscription. It reads: 'HAMPTON COURT PALACE ∙ ROYAL TUDOR BEASTS'.

It's part of an extensive range of Tudor Beasts coins, available in different sizes, metals and finishes, the reverse design scaled to the diameter of the coin. All feature Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse.

This edition measures 38.61 millimetres in diameter and is struck in 31.21 grams of 999 fine silver. Struck to finest proof standard, it has a face value of One Hundred Pounds and is offered in its original packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

6,000 of these gold Lion of England coins have been offered by The Royal Mint. 


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