The Royal Mint is all set to add to its portfolio the Queen’s Beasts. . . . reports Asian Lite News
The Internationally acclaimed Bullion Portfolio would soon be launching the Queen’s Beasts in gold and silver coins. These Beasts have been a crucial part of the British Royal Heraldry. A total of ten mythical creatures are the symbols of the British monarchy and would be launched in the market one Beast at a time.
Nick Bowkett, Head of the Bullion Sales said: “The introduction of The Queen’s Beasts series brings an exciting new series of bullion coins to investors around the globe. With the current range consisting of 1oz and 1/4oz gold coins, the series also sees the introduction of our first two-ounce 999.9 pure silver bullion coin.”
The original Beasts were designed and made by James Woodford RA. These Beasts were present during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. They are the symbols of the virtues that the British monarch must posses in order to peacefully rule over their subjects. While the original sculptures are in the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec; a replica of the same also designed by James Woodford can be found overlooking the Kew Gardens, London.
The Royal Mint has been credited to release various designer coins and collectors pieces in the past. This would be their latest addition to their wonderful portfolio. These Beasts have been designed by Royal Mint Designer Jody Clark.
The first of the series would be the Gallant Lion of England. This lion features in the Royal Arms of England and has a special place in the British Heraldry. Thus, it was chosen to be the first design to be launched in the series followed by the others. The Lion represents the fierceness of protection and the calmness of overlooking the kingdom. Both of which are essential qualities a monarch should posses.
According to designer, Jody Clark, “I took inspiration from the original Queen’s Beasts, both the original versions in Canada and the Portland Stone replicas here that look out over Kew Gardens. They are very much stylised and look imposing as statues, but the challenge was to capture this on the surface of a coin.”
Nevertheless, Clark has won over every challenge to put these Beasts into mint from Sculptures. The Gallant Lion would be released soon followed by the rest of the creatures. The other Beasts comprise The Griffin of Edward III, The Unicorn of Scotland, The White Horse of Hanover, The Red Dragon of Wales, The Falcon of Plantagenets, The Yale of Beaufort, The Black Bull of Clarence, the White Greyhound of Richmond and The White Lion of Mortimer.
These coins would be exclusively available for purchase through the Royal Mint Website www.royalmintbullion.com.