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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin (Mixed Types, Random Year, Varied Condition)

    As low as $19.99 per coin over spot!

    The Royal Mint in London is one of the oldest operation facilities in the world. Minting coins for the United Kingdom for over a thousand years, it is the mint of origin for some of the finest coins still in existence today. For investors and collectors lookin... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin (BU)

    As low as $89.99 per coin over spot!

    Introduced in 1987, the British Gold Britannia coins are among the oldest bullion coins. These specimens introduced a new vision of Britannia for the modern era and it has gone on to feature on silver and platinum versions of the coin. The 2020 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin is now available to you for purchase online from JM Bulli... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Music Legends Queen Gold Coin (BU)

    As low as $89.99 per oz over spot!

    There’s a new option from the Royal Mint of England for those who want to buy gold. The British Music Legends Series offers its first design honoring the iconic rock band Queen. The coins are available in silver bullion and proof options, as well as gold bul... Read More

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    2020 1/10 oz British Gold Royal Arms Coin (BU)

    The gold coins for sale in the Royal Mint of England’s British Royal Arms Series is set to expand in 2020 with the release of these new 1/10 oz gold coins. Previously issued in 2019 with 1 oz gold and 1 oz silver options, the collection is expanding to new formats in 2020 with a 1 oz platinum coin and this first-ever fractional-ounce gold coin. Right now, 2020 1/10 oz British Gold Royal Arms Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullio... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold 1/2 Sovereign - Old English

    Any quantity available for $19.99 per coin over spot!

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign is one of the most significant gold coins ever struck due to its longevity of production and its global recognition. First issued in 1489 during the reign of King Henry VII, the gold sovereign has been struck regularly by the Kings and Queens of England since 1817. The Great Britain Gold ½ Sovereign ... Read More

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    2019 Great Britain Gold Sovereign (BU)

    As low as $76.42 per oz over spot!

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign coin was once one of the preeminent circulating gold coins in the world. The official gold sovereign of Britain was first issued in its current design concept in 1817 and was available until 1914 when the outbreak of World War I resulted in its removal from circulation. Since 1957 though, the Royal Mi... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Queen Victoria (Random Year, Circulated)

    As low as $21.99 per coin over spot!

    The longest-reigning British monarch before the rise of Elizabeth II was her great-great-grandmother Victoria I. Among the gold coins for sale in the gold sovereign range, those coins with the bust of Victoria I remain today due to the 63 years she ruled and t... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Old Queen Elizabeth II

    As low as $27.99 per coin over spot!

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign is one of the most recognizable coins in the world today. Issued annually since 1817 by Great Britain and bearing the portrait of the reigning monarch with each release, the gold sovereign is a historic coin that is ideal for b... Read More

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    2019 1/4 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Falcon Coin (BU)

    As low as $33.99 per coin over spot!

    The Queen’s Beast Series from the Royal Mint of England is an exciting 10-coin release with new designs available on a bi-annual basis feature creatures from the heraldic history of Britain. Passed down to Queen Elizabeth II over hundreds of years, the Queen... Read More

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    2020 1/4 oz British Gold Queen's Beast White Lion Coin (BU)

    As low as $33.99 per coin over spot!

    The Queen’s Beast Series has attracted the interest of investors and collectors alike since its 2016 debut with the Lion of England design. Now on its eighth release, the White Lion of Mortimer of appears on the bullion silver and gold coins for sale. Now, 2... Read More

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    1/4 oz British Gold Britannia Coin (Random Year, BU)

    These 1/4 oz Gold Britannias come from the Royal Mint of Britain, and feature .9999 gold purity and a 25 Pound face value. We have these 1/4 oz Gold Brits in stock and ready to ship. Please note that these coins will come with dates of our choice, but will be like-new coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The Britannia coin from the Royal Mint is a popular bullion... Read More

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    2019 1/4 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Yale Coin (BU)

    As low as $42.99 per coin over spot!

    The bullion coins of the Queen’s Beast Series from the Royal Mint feature three primary options for those buying gold and silver. Each of the designs in the 10-coin collection includes a standard 1/4 oz gold coin, 1 oz gold coin, and a beautiful 2 oz silver ... Read More

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    2018 1/4 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Unicorn Coin (BU)

    As low as $43.99 per coin over spot!

    The Queen’s Beast collection of silver and gold bullion coins is ready with a fourth release in the collection. The first coin in the 2018 issue series for the bullion version brings the Unicorn of Scotland design to the collection, an image which is already... Read More

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    2018 1/4 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Black Bull Coin (BU)

    As low as $43.99 per coin over spot!

    The Black Bull of Clarence has one of the most complex histories among the many heraldic beasts used in British history. Used by King Edward IV, the first king from the House of York, the bull was a symbol of power and often paired with a royal arms that toute... Read More

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    2020 1/4 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast White Horse Coin (BU)

    As low as $43.99 per coin over spot!

    The White Horse of Hanover came to the Royal Arms of England in 1714 when the Elector George of Hanover ascended to the throne as the second cousin of the deceased Queen Anne. George was the grandson of Elizabeth Stuart, who was herself the sister of King Char... Read More

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    2017 1/4 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Griffin Coin (BU)

    As low as $50.49 per coin over spot!

    The British Queen’s Beast collection of silver and gold coins from the Royal Mint is a brand-new offering from the United Kingdom’s sovereign mint, and it offers a stunning glimpse into the heraldry and images of the British Crown. The planned 10-coin rele... Read More

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    2016 1/4 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Lion Coin (BU)

    As low as $54.99 per coin over spot!

    The smallest coin in the British Gold Queens Beast coin series is the 1/4 oz gold option, which is one of three coins offered in an exciting new series from the Royal Mint. Including images of those animals from Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation, the series... Read More

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    2017 1/4 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Dragon Coin (BU)

    As low as $58.99 per coin over spot!

    The Queen’s Beast Collection from the Royal Mint is one of the newest offerings in the numismatic community, and it celebrates the statues of English heraldic creatures that were on display at the 1953 official coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II insid... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Double Sovereign (Random Year)

    As low as $35.99 per coin over spot!

    The British Gold Sovereign has long been one of the most recognizable gold coins in the world. Originally issued as the English sovereign in the 15th century, the modern Gold Sovereign was introduced into circulation during the reign of King George III in 1817... Read More

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    2020 Great Britain Gold Double Sovereign (BU)

    As low as $47.99 per coin over spot!

    The Great Britain Sovereign was introduced in 1817 following the Great Recoinage Act of 1816. The reign of King George III saw the introduction of the Great Britain Sovereign and late in his reign in 1820, a Great Britain Gold Double Sovereign was issued. That gold coin, however, wouldn’t go into full production until 67 years late... Read More

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    1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin MS69 (Random Year, Varied Label, PCGS or NGC)

    One of the most prominent gold bullion coins in Europe and around the world is the Gold Britannia. Introduced in 1987, the British Gold Britannia coins featured copper and silver as a non-gold component until 2013 when the Royal Mint of England upgraded the coins to .9999 pure gold content. Today, 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coins are available to you online from JM Bullio... Read More

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    2019 1 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Falcon Coin (BU)

    As low as $39.99 per oz over spot!

    In the Queen’s Beast Series of coins from the Royal Mint of England, there are a planned 10 designs to be released through 2021, which each coin reflecting one of the ten animals present in a carving at the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. The coll... Read More

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    2019 1 oz British Gold Lunar Year of the Pig Coin (BU)

    As low as $44.99 per oz over spot!

    The Shengxiao Series from the British Royal Mint is the country’s own version of a lunar-themed collection. Coin programs following the Chinese lunar calendar were popularized by the Perth Mint of Australia in 1996, and the Shengxiao Series is Britain’s op... Read More

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    1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin (Random Year)

    As low as $64.99 per oz over spot!

    Without question, the most popular coin series from the Royal Mint each year is the Britannia series. Bearing the image of an icon of the British Isles, known to the world for more than two thousand years, Britannia has simultaneously been known as a goddess for the isles, its protector, the name of the isles as a Roman province, and... Read More

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    2019 1 oz British Gold Oriental Border Britannia Coin (BU)

    As low as $69.99 per oz over spot!

    The Gold Britannia is one of the most beautiful coin designs available in the 21st century, but it has been known around the world for more than three centuries. The Britannia appeared regularly on British coinage starting in the 18th century and throughout Br... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Gold Oriental Border Britannia Coin (BU)

    The Gold Britannia Series from the Royal Mint of England is the country’s leading bullion coin collection. While other standouts include the Queen’s Beast Series, the Britannia coins are the official bullion coins of the nation and are issued annually by the mint. On occasion, the Royal Mint offers design twists and privy marks for the British Gold Britannia. The Orien... Read More

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    2018 1 oz British Gold Lunar Year of the Dog Coin (BU)

    As low as $79.99 per oz over spot!

    A great many mints around the world strive to replicate the beauty and success of the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series I and II coin collections. The Royal Mint of Britain has arguably found its own footing with a lunar series coin collection, offering its Shengxia... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Gold Royal Arms Coin (BU)

    As low as $79.99 per oz over spot!

    The Royal Arms of England is one of the most instantly recognizable symbols of power in the world. Carried by the monarchs of England for more than 800 years, elements of the very first official Royal Arms remain a key piece of the modern Royal Arms of England of Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Mint offers a stirring depiction of this ... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast White Horse Coin (BU)

    As low as $84.99 per coin over spot!

    The White Horse of Hanover came to the Royal Arms of England in 1714 and remained a part of the monarch emblem until 1837. Five of the six monarchs from the House of Hanover carried the Arms of Hanover within the Royal Arms of England, including the White Hors... Read More

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    2017 1 oz British Gold Lunar Year of the Rooster Coin (BU)

    The Royal Mint of England is one of the many global mints seeking to cash in on the Zodiac-inspired craze in the precious metals industry. Inspired by the Perth Mint’s original Lunar Series (1996-2007), mints around the globe are producing their own lineup of Zodiac-themed coins. Right now, the 2017 1 oz British Gold Rooster Coin is available to purchase from JM Bullion.... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Gold Queen's Beast White Lion Coin (BU)

    As low as $87.99 per coin over spot!

    The Queen’s Beast Series from the Royal Mint of England offers three major bullion options. These include a first-ever 2 oz silver bullion coin, the 1/4 oz gold bullion coin, and these 1 oz gold bullion coins. The White Lion of Mortimer is the eighth design ... Read More

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    2019 1 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Yale of Beaufort Coin (BU)

    As low as $89.99 per coin over spot!

    The Queen’s Beast Series from the Royal Mint of England offers investors and collectors with 10 different designs to choose from when they buy gold. There is no randomness to the designs chosen by the Royal Mint. Instead, each one represents a heraldic beast... Read More

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    2016 1 oz British Gold Lunar Year of the Monkey Coin (BU)

    Any quantity available for $94.99 per oz over spot!

    Lunar Series products from mints around the globe are some of the hottest sellers right now in the precious metals marketplace. The Royal Mint in the United Kingdom may have arrived late for the game, but it is offering some of the finest lunar series coins av... Read More

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    2020 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin (BU, MintID)

    As low as $119.99 per coin over spot!

    Introduced in 1987, the British Gold Britannia is the official gold bullion coin of Britain. The coin is available in a variety of weights, but the most sought-after of these is the 1 oz Gold Britannia coin. In this unique listing, you can get the 2020 British... Read More

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    2018 1 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Black Bull Coin (BU)

    As low as $199.99 per oz over spot!

    In the Queen’s Beast Series, the Royal Mint introduces 10 different heraldic beasts from the history of the monarchy. Each one was introduced into the Royal Arms at some point in the monarch’s history, and each came with its own unique background. Today, 2... Read More

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    2018 1 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Unicorn Coin (BU)

    As low as $289.99 per oz over spot!

    The coins of the British Queen’s Beast collection from the Royal Mint have inspired awe in their design and captured the attention of precious metal enthusiasts from both sides of the divide. Collectors have a great option in the ever-changing designs of the... Read More

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    5 Pound British Gold Sovereign (Random Year)

    Any quantity available for $24.99 per oz over spot!

    The sovereign is a gold coin issued by the United Kingdom for standard circulation within the British economy. The traditional British Gold Sovereign is a coin with a nominal face value of One Pound Sterling, but it is also issued in various other weights and face values. The 5 Pound British Gold Sovereign coin is available to you no... Read More

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    2017 1 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Red Dragon Coin (BU)

    The British Queen’s Beast collection of silver and gold coins from the Royal Mint is a brand-new offering from the United Kingdom’s sovereign mint, and it offers a stunning glimpse into the heraldry and images of the British Crown. The planned 10-coin release celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as well as the monarchy’s history. The 2017 1 oz Bri... Read More

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    2016 1 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Lion Coin (BU)

    Any quantity available for $569.99 per oz over spot!

    The British Royal Mint is one of the world’s oldest operating mints, and is responsible for the production of some of the finest bullion coins in the world market today. A unique series of gold and silver coins is available in 2016 featuring the Queen’s im... Read More

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    2017 1 oz British Gold Queen's Beast Griffin Coin (BU)

    As low as $795.99 per oz over spot!

    One of the most exciting new programs from the Royal Mint in London is the Queen’s Beast Collection. This 10-coin offering from one of the world’s oldest minting facilities includes new designs each year, all representative of the creatures captured in sta... Read More

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    2015 1 oz British Gold Lunar Sheep Coin (BU)

    According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2015 marks the "Year of the Sheep," a year characterized by the fruition of many long chased goals and dreams. So, in honor of the prosperous year to come, the Royal British Mint will be releasing a special commemorative coin, the 1 oz Year of the Sheep Gold Coin. This striking piece is the se... Read More

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    2018 1 oz British Gold Queen’s Beast Black Bull Coin NGC MS70 ER

    When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England in 1953, the doors to Westminster Abbey were guarded by ten heraldic beasts which came to the Royal Arms of England over the course of hundreds of years. The Queen’s Beast Collection from the Royal Mint ca... Read More

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    British Gold Bullion Coins

    Gold is the most coveted investment metal for those looking to protect their hard-earned wealth. You can purchase gold products from various mints around the globe, and in different forms. There are gold coins and bars available from private and sovereign facilities alike, and the Royal Mint is among the most popular producers of gold products. Below you can find a complete rundown of the British Gold Coins available from JM Bullion.

    British Gold Britannia Coins

    Without question, the gold bullion program that anchors the Royal Mint numismatic offerings is the British Gold Britannia coin. The official gold bullion coin of the United Kingdom was introduced in 1987 with a gold content of .917 fine gold. Since 2013, the coins have been struck as 24-karat pure gold coins with .9999 fine gold content. Like its silver counterpart, the British Gold Britannia coins are celebrating a milestone in 2017 having reached their 30th anniversary of release. Highlights of the modern Gold Britannia include:

    • Ships in an individual plastic capsule, mint tube of 10 coins, or box of 100.
    • Contains 1 Troy oz. of .9999 pure gold in BU condition.
    • Face value of 100 (GBP) is fully backed by Britain’s government.

    As the Gold Britannia is from the same program as the Silver Britannia, and was in fact the design basis for the latter, the gold coins in this collection have the same design concepts as the silver coins and have also only seen changes in the design of the obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II over time. Details include:

    • On the reverse of the 2017 British Gold Britannia Coin you’ll find the image of Britannia, which has featured on the coins unchanged for the last 30 years. Britannia originally featured on sovereign coins in the early 18th century at the formation of the United Kingdom between England and Scotland.
    • The obverse of all British Gold Britannia Coins includes the new fifth-generation depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy was last updated in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, but in 2015 the Royal Mint unveiled a new image of the Queen from 33-year-old Jody Clark, the youngest engraver and artist ever to complete her portrait.

    Unique Britannia Coins

    Like other coin programs, there are occasionally opportunities for investors and collectors to nab the Gold Britannia or Silver Britannia with unique design finishes that increase the collectible value of the original product. Among these you’ll find the 2016 British Gold Britannia Monkey Privy Edge coin.

    On the reverse face of the coin is the image of Britannia, fabled guardian of the United Kingdom. She is featured wearing a Corinthian helmet, holding a trident in her right hand to control the seas, and a shield with the Union Jack emblazoned on it in her left hand. Along the milled edge of these Gold Britannias you’ll find a privy mark honoring the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The first privy mark on the milled edge of a Britannia occurred in 2013 on the silver variant, and came to the Gold Britannia in 2014 for the Year of the Horse, which makes this the third version for the gold coin.

    More recently, the Royal Mint launched a 30th anniversary British Gold Britannia coin to mark the original release of these special gold bullion products. The Royal Mint is celebrating two anniversaries for the Britannia program in 2017. The Gold Britannia leads the way in this stunning series with its 30th anniversary, but the Silver Britannia coin marks its 20th anniversary this year with a celebratory release of its own.

    Included on the reverse side of both versions of the coin in 2017 is a mint mark that honors the anniversary of the individual programs. Located to the bottom-left of Britannia’s image you’ll find the head of a trident with a “3” and “0” between the spikes, commemorating the 30th anniversary of this famous coin.

    Each 2017 1 oz British Gold Britannia Coin is initially available from the mint in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the production process at the mint.

    For the 30th anniversary of the gold coins, the Royal Mint has increased the security of the coins with new protection features. You’ll notice a new high-security radial sunburst emanating from the background field that helps better deter counterfeiting efforts.

    The Gold Coins of the Shengxiao Series

    If you’re looking to buy gold, the Royal Mint has more than just its flagship bullion offering. Launched in 2014, the Shengxiao Series from the Royal Mint is an increasingly popular series celebrating the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each year, the coins in the program feature the new animal in the Zodiac represent a particular year on the lunar calendar.

    Coins released to date in the Shengxiao Series include the Year of the Horse, Year of the Goat, and Year of the Monkey gold coins. All Royal Mint gold coins consist of .9999 pure gold, with face values listed in Great British Pounds (£ GBP), and share common obverse imagery of Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile image.

    Coins released prior to the 2016 year of issue in this collection feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s 1998 image of the Queen, while post-2016 coins have the new Jody Clark design released in 2015. All reverse designs in the Shengxiao Series from the Royal Mint were designed by British-Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho, and each one is completely unique from other lunar coin series produced at other mints around the globe. Currently, the following designs are available from the Royal Mint’s gold Shengxiao Series:

    • 2016 British Gold Year of the Monkey Coin: On the reverse of each coin is the Year of the Monkey design from the Royal Mint. In it, a pair of monkey is visible dangling and swinging amongst the trees. In the background, one monkey is visible dangling while a monkey in the foreground prepares to leap from one branch to the next. Face value of £100 (GBP) is fully backed by the United Kingdom. Ships to you in an individual plastic flip, Mint tube of 25, or Monster Box of 500.
    • 2017 British Gold Year of the Rooster Coin: The reverse of the 2017 Gold British Rooster includes the all-new Year of the Rooster design from Ho and the Royal Mint. This year’s design features a rooster in the center of the field, along with engravings that identify the year of issue, name of the issue, and the Chinese symbol for rooster. Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule, mint tubes of 10, or sealed Monster Boxes of 100. Issued a face value of £100 (GBP) by the British government.

    The Gold Coins of the Queen’s Beast Collection

    This exciting series of silver and gold coins from the Royal Mint marks the newest release of numismatic or bullion coins from the mint. The British Queens Beast Coin program is a planned 10-design series that features new designs for each of the animals featured in the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. The British Queens Beast coin series features a 1 oz gold coin, a 1/4 oz gold coin, as well as the Royal Mint’s first-ever 2 oz silver bullion coin. Subsequent additions include the 10 oz silver and 1 oz platinum coins in the bullion range as well.

    First in the collection is the 2016 Queen’s Beast Lion coin, available in all three versions mentioned above. In the British monarchy’s heraldic shield, the lion plays a significant role. The position of the lion determines the mood and attitude of the monarch at the time, or in special situations. For example, when the lion is featured in a passant position it is considered to be walking and is shown with just its right fore paw raised off the ground.

    Similar to the Britannia program, the Queen’s Beast Lion coins feature the same obverse and reverse designs on the coins regardless of silver or gold content. Design specifics are as follows:

    • The reverse face of the 2016 British Queen’s Beast Coins depicts the heraldic shield of Britain with a lion in rampant position behind it. When the lion is rampant, it is depicted standing on its hind legs with both fore paws raised, and is indicative of the monarchy’s readiness to strike its enemies. You’ll find engravings of “Lion of England” on this side, as well as the weight, metal content, purity, and year of issue for the coin.
    • On the obverse is the all-new right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The fifth version of Her Majesty’s effigy on British coins, this portrait was created in 2015 by Jody Clark. At just 33 years old, Clark is the youngest artist to create a depiction of Her Majesty, and he also created the “Lion of England” design on the reverse.

    This planned 10-coin program continues in 2017 with the release of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Griffin Coins. For the second release the Royal Mint introduces the mythical Griffin. With the head, wings, and front paws of an eagle, and the body of a lion, this was said to be the most powerful animal in the world. That power comes from the lion’s status as king of the beasts, and the eagle’s status as king of the birds.

    Again, the coins are available in 1 oz and ¼ oz pure gold, as well as the 2 oz silver version. Design specifics for this release include the following information:

    • On the reverse of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Griffin Coin is the image of the Griffin, standing behind the shield of Edward III and clutching it with its two front claws. A Griffin is a mythical beast rumored to be the most powerful, possessing the body of a lion (king of beasts) and the head and wings of an eagle (king of the birds).
    • The obverse includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as referenced above. Her Majesty ascended to the British throne in 1952 following the death of her father, the king. Her coronation ceremony was held in 1953 and included 10 plaster statues of Queen’s Beasts.

    The second release of 2017 in this series is the Red Dragon coin. Known officially as the Red Dragon of Wales, the dragon itself was originally used by Owen Tudor, grandfather of Henry VII. He was a Welsh courtier and the second husband of Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V. Owen descended from a prominent family from Penmynydd in the Isle of Anglesey, and was the grandfather of Henry VII, who founded the Tudor dynasty.

    The Red Dragon of Wales includes the coat of arms used by the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd The dragon’s origin is based upon the story of the dragon on Llewelyn the Last’s castle grounds. Henry VII took on the symbol in a nod to his supposed descent from the Cadwaladr. Now, the Red Dragon design is available as the third overall release in the series, and the second release of the 2017 schedule.

    • On the reverse of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Dragon Coin is the image of the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon is often depicted holding a shield bearing a lion in each quarter of it, which accurately depicts the coat of arms used by Llywelyn.

    The Royal Mint of England continues the program beyond its initial, widely known offerings to feature some of the historical heraldic beasts of the monarchy that are not as well-known to the masses. Following the release of the 2017 Red Dragon of Wales, the Royal Mint unveiled these designs in the Queen’s Beast Gold Coin collection:

    • 2018 Unicorn of Scotland: The unicorn has been rumored to exist dating as far back as the 5th century BC. Though most scholars believe the animals were simply misidentified as wild bulls or horses, the mythical creature maintains its legacy as a beast with ferocity and strength in its nature. Over the course of time in Scottish heraldry, the unicorn came to be more of an elegant symbol. The design on the Queen’s Beast Unicorn of Scotland coins includes the rampant Unicorn with a crown around its neck and a chain leading to the shield. On the heraldic shield is the rampant lion of Scotland. The royal coat of arms of Scotland has not changed since the rule of Alexander III and many of its elements were incorporated into the English royal arms by James VI of Scotland, who would unite the crowns as James I of England.
    • 2018 Black Bull of Clarence: The Black Bull of Clarence is a design linked to the Plantagenets through the cadet House of York. The Black Bull is significant in that it is the first heraldic beast in British history from the Yorkist kings. The bull came to the British royal arms through King Edward VI, the first King of England from the House of York. It was Edward IV who overthrew the Lancastrian rule of Henry VI during the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV reigned twice. His first reign followed his defeat of Henry VI in battle and the latter’s subsequent exile to Scotland from 1461 to 1470. Henry VI returned to power for a decade, but would again be defeated and captured by Edward IV in 1471. Edward favored the Black Bull in his royal arms, as did his brother Richard III. The Black Bull is depicted here standing guard over the quartered shield favored by Plantagenets dating to Edward III. It features the three lions of England in two quadrants and the three golden lilies of France in the other two quadrants. The inclusion of the latter design element supported the claims of British monarchs during this period to the throne of France.
    • 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets: The House of Plantagenet was one of the longest-reigning monarchies in British history. From the rise of Henry II in 1154 to the battlefield death of Richard III in 1485, the Plantagenets ruled the English throne. The Falcon of the Plantagenets comes from King Edward III. He chose the falcon for his personal symbol and shield due to his love of hawking. The white falcon appears above the shield while another falcon on the shield clutches a fetterlock. In this case, the fetterlock is an open one that points to Elizabeth II’s legitimate claim to the throne. The Falcon was used by countless monarchs, from the Plantagenets to the Tudors. In fact, it was Henry VII who founded the House of Tudor by defeating the last Plantagenet king, Richard III. His granddaughter Elizabeth I was also said to favor the falcon in her badge.
    • 2019 Yale of Beaufort: Another mythical beast to feature in the heraldic history of the monarch, the Yale is both a distinct creature and one with an impressive background. The Yale is a mythical creature that is often depicted as an antelope or goat in British heraldry. The Yale of Beaufort came to the royal arms through Lady Margaret Beaufort. She was the mother of King Henry VII, founder of the House of Tudor. She was married four times, but only her second marriage to Edmund Tudor produced an heir. The sole heiress, herself, to the lands and titles of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, she was also related to the great King Edward III from the House of Plantagenet. The Yale stands behind a quartered shield with white-and-blue quadrants and a gold portcullis in the center. This symbol was used by Henry VII in his badge and is also part of the coat of arms for the city council of Westminster, the home of Westminster Abbey and site of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

    Upcoming Release of Gold Coin Designs in the Queen’s Beast Series

    The Royal Mint plans to emulate all of the designs from Woodford’s original collection of statues, with Jody Clark set to create all 10 reverse coin designs. The series is set to release two coins annually, with the exception of two of the years. The 2016 debut of the coins featured only the Lion of England release, and the final year of 2021 will have just one release as well. Coins that have yet to debut in the series will bear the following designs:

    • The White Lion of Mortimer
    • The White Greyhound of Richmond
    • The Unicorn of Scotland
    • The White Horse of Hanover

    Background on the Royal Mint

    Originally founded as the London Mint in 886, the British Royal Mint is one of the oldest operating facilities in the world. Throughout its history, the Royal Mint has produced some of the most widely used coins in the world, due in large part to the size and scope of the former British Empire. Coins from the Royal Mint were once used from North America to Europe, Australia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

    Today, the Royal Mint remains one of the foremost facilities in the world. The most popular product from the mint is the sovereign Britannia coin. On the reverse face of each coin is the image of the mythical Britannia, a goddess from Roman times who was believed to have watched over the nation. She is featured on each Silver Britannia coin with a trident in one hand and a shield bearing the Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom, her eyes constantly fixed on the English Channel separating the British Isles from mainland Europe.

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