The Queen’s Beast Series from the Royal Mint of England offers investors and collectors a 10-design coin series stretching from 2016 to 2021. The designs in the collection come from Jody Clark, the same designer behind the Royal Mint’s fifth-generation effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Each of the heraldic beasts featured in this series from the Royal Mint was present in the form of a sculpture at the 1953 coronation ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II and represents a significant symbol from the history of the British Royal Arms. Offered seventh in this extensive series from the Royal Mint is the Yale of Beaufort.
The Roman author and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder was the first to write about the mythical beast known as a Yale. His Natural History series included a reference to the beast in Book VIII that described it as originating in Aethiopia and gave details on its appearance as “the size of a hippopotamus, with an elephant’s tail, of a black or tawny color, with the jaws of a boar and movable horns.” The Yale eventually found its way into European myth and heraldry as a creature representing the proud defense of one’s lands.
The Yale came into the British Royal Arms through the House of Beaufort. Lady Margaret Beaufort was the daughter and only heiress of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. The House of Beaufort carried the Yale as its heraldic beast and upon the passing of the Duke of Somerset, the Yale passed down to Lady Margaret. During her lifetime, Lady Margaret was married four times. However, her second marriage was the only union to result in a child and that is how the Yale of Beaufort came into the British Royal Arms.
Lady Margaret’s second marriage was to Edmund Tudor, the Earl of Richmond. Their son, Henry Tudor, would rise to the throne of England at the culmination of the Wars of the Roses. He deposed the last Plantagenet King of England from the House of York, Richard III. Henry’s forces defeated Richard III in battle at Bosworth Field in 1485 and cleared the way for the rise of the House of Tudor. He would take the throne as King Henry VII, but was outlived by his mother who would see her grandson rise to the throne in 1509 as King Henry VIII.
All of the coins in the 2019 Queen’s Beast Yale of Beaufort issue from the Royal Mint of England represent the seventh coin design in this 10-coin series and the second 2019 date marked coins in the collection. The first coins available include the three standard bullion issues: 2 oz silver, 1 oz gold, and 1/4 oz gold. Those coins are joined in the bullion series by the 10 oz silver and 1 oz platinum options, which release after the primary silver and gold coins. These represent only the investment-grade bullion coins in the collection, however.
The Royal Mint of England releases each of the Queen’s Beast coins in a proof option as well. The Proof Yale of Beaufort coins are limited to silver and gold only. The weights available in the Proof Queen’s Beast Range vary from the bullion options, by in large, and include 1 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, and 1 Kilo silver coins, along with 1/4 oz, 1 oz, 5 oz, and 1 Kilo gold coins.
On the reverse side of 2019 Queen’s Beast Yale of Beaufort coins, you’ll find the image of the Yale standing over the shield of the House of Beaufort. The Yale itself has the body of a goat with a long tail. It also features the tusks of a boar at its mouth and long, twisted horns that point down from its head. The crowned shield the Yale defends is that of the House of Beaufort and features a banner with chains coming down from either side. The background field includes the new guilloche design from the Royal Mint intended to provide additional security to bullion coinage.
The obverse face of 2019 Queen’s Beast Coins continues with the use of Jody Clark’s fifth-generation right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In this design, the Queen is depicted at the age of 89 wearing the Royal Diadem crown on her head.
The bullion and proof Queen’s Beast Yale of Beaufort coins are all packaged in different manners depending upon weight and version of the coin. All of the Proof Queen’s Beast coins are individually packaged inside of capsules and housed within a Royal Mint of England display box. Additionally, the proof coins come with a Certificate of Authenticity. It is also worth noting that the Proof Queen’s Beast silver coins feature .999 pure silver content compared to .9999 pure silver content in the bullion versions. Another note of importance differentiating the bullion and proof versions. For both gold and silver coins, the proof version does not feature the guilloche background design element.
As for the bullion coins, most are offered for purchase as individual specimens or in bulk options. The 2 oz silver, 1 oz gold, and 1/4 oz gold coins are all offered individually inside of protective plastic flips. For bulk options, the details include:
If you’re interested in adding the 2019 Yale of Beaufort coins to your Queen’s Beast Collection, please feel free to reach out to JM Bullion. You can contact our customer service team at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email with your inquiries.