The exciting Queen’s Beast Series of gold and silver coins for sale from the Royal Mint pushes past its halfway point with the release of the sixth coin in the collection, the Falcon of the Plantagenets. This coin is the first bullion release in the series for 2019 and represents one of the most powerful houses to control the British throne in the history of the kingdom. Now’s your opportunity to purchase the coins of the 2019 Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets release through JM Bullion.
On the obverse of the 2019 Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets Coin is the now-popular design of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 89. This is the definitive fifth-generation portrait of Her Majesty which was created in 2015 by Jody Clark for the Royal Mint. The design depicts the Queen in right-profile relief wearing the Royal Diadem diamond crown. Surrounding Her Majesty’s effigy are engravings of the face value in Pound Sterling (GBP), her name as “Elizabeth II,” and the shortened “D.G. Regina F.D,” which comes from the Latin phrase Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor. Translated into English, the full phrase means “By Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.
The reverse of the new 2019 Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets is Jody Clark’s depiction of the heraldic falcon which was depicted as a carved statue at the 1953 coronation ceremony for Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. The Falcon featured that day, and on the reverse of these coins, includes the white falcon on top of the shield. The shield it clutches contains another white falcon inside of an open, golden fetterlock. The fetterlock’s symbolism is covered later.
The 2019 Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets coin features gold and silver bullion releases in keeping with the other designs in the collection. The primary gold bullion offering consists of a 1/4 oz gold coin and a 1 oz gold coin. Both coins contain .9999 pure gold content in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The 2019 Queen’s Beast Gold Falcon of the Plantagenet coins have face values of £25 GBP for the 1/4 oz coin and £100 GBP for the 1 oz coin.
Beyond its beautiful designs, the Queen’s Beast Series of bullion coins from the Royal Mint of England is memorable for introducing the first-ever 2 oz silver bullion coin in British circulation. The 2019 Queen’s Beast Silver Falcon of the Plantagenets Coin features 2 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and bears a face value of £2 GBP. Though not available immediately with the three primary bullion coins, the Royal Mint also offers the 2019 Silver Falcon of the Plantagenets in a 10 oz silver bullion option as well.
With each design release in the Queen’s Beast Series of bullion coins, there is a corresponding set of proof coins. While the bullion coins debuted in 2016 with the Lion of England, the proof versions debuted a year later in 2017 with the same Lion of England design launching the collection. When available, the Proof Falcon of the Plantagenets Coins will feature the same obverse and reverse designs as the bullion versions of the coin.
The differentiating factors between the bullion and proof range include the weights available, visual brilliance, mintage figures, and the packaging of the coins. The proof coins are available in a wider array of ranges that include the following Gold and Silver Falcon of the Plantagenet proof coins:
The bullion coins in the 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets Coin series are all available as individually housed coins with protective plastic packaging. Each of the three primary weights also has a bulk option to choose from that includes the following:
When it comes to the Proof Falcon of the Plantagenets coins, the Royal Mint offers each one in its own commemorative display box that includes a Certificate of Authenticity from the mint.
The Falcon of the Plantagenets comes to Queen Elizabeth through King Edward III of England. Edward III had a deep love of hawking and falconry, and he chose the white falcon as part of his personal seal. The Falcon of the Plantagenets as it is most often depicted, however, comes from Edward III’s great-great-grandson King Edward IV. Monarchs from both the House of York and the House of Lancaster chose the popular white falcon in their own emblems. Henry VII continued its use in his seal when he united the Houses of York and Lancaster through his marriage to Elizabeth of York.
Among the other monarchs who showed great affection for the badge was Queen Elizabeth I, one of the most revered Queens in English history and the granddaughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Elizabeth I is the daughter of King Henry VIII and his wife Anne Boleyn.
The typical Falcon of the Plantagenets design includes a white falcon on top of a shield, with a second white falcon on the shield itself clutching an open fetterlock. Also known as a padlock, some of the sons of Edward III used a closed fetterlock on their seals as a symbol that they made no claim to the throne of England. Queen Elizabeth II’s version of the Falcon of the Plantagenets in the Queen’s Beast Series includes an open fetterlock, a rightful symbol of her claim to and long reign on the throne of England.
The House of Plantagenet which brought the falcon into the royal arms was established on the English throne in 1154 when King Henry II ascended as king. The royal house of Plantagenets actually comes from the lands of Anjou in France and ruled the English throne from the ascension of Henry II until the death of King Richard III in battle in 1485. The Plantagenet line did live on through its cadet branches in England, the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The Plantagenets directly produced 14 kings; six of whom came from the Houses of York or Lancaster. Queen Elizabeth I, granddaughter of Henry VII who united the houses, was the final monarch from this lineage.
The 2019 Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets coins went on presale with JM Bullion in September 2018 and will remain in stock as long as coins are available. Keep in mind that the set mintage figures for the proof versions of the coins mean they are likely to sell out quickly once arriving in our catalog. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. JM Bullion customer service is available at 800-276-6508, online using our live chat, and via our email address.