Posted on September 28, 2018
It’s hard to argue with the popularity of the Queen’s Beast Series of coins from the Royal Mint. Introduced in 2016, this 10-coin program has been a shining light for the Royal Mint with strong sales across both the bullion and proof versions with each new release. The latest design in this series that catalogs the heraldic beasts presented in statue form at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is the Falcon of the Plantagenets. Available in the impressive range of coins previously offered with other releases, now’s your chance to dive deeper and learn more about the next exciting release in the Queen’s Beast Series.
The White Falcon of King Edward III was the king’s official symbol for his seal. Edward III was a fan of hawking and falconry, and the choice of a white falcon in his seal was a natural one as a result. Edward III’s crest included a white falcon, but it was also popular with his great-great-grandson King Edward IV. Later on, monarchs from the House of York and House of Lancaster, known as cadet houses of the Plantagenets, also espoused a love for the falcon and fetterlock designs first introduced by Edward III.
During Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, the white falcon present at the ceremony held a shield with its left claw. Upon that shield was a second white falcon which clutched an open fetterlock in its claws. The fetterlock, when used in an open position, indicates a monarch’s legitimate claim to the throne of England.
On the reverse side of the 2019 British Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets Coins, you’ll find the image of a powerful white falcon standing above the shield with its claws perched on the top of the shield. The shield features a second white falcon clutching an open fetterlock, symbolizing Queen Elizabeth II’s rightful claim to the throne of England.
The obverse face of 2019 British Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets Coins include the fifth-generation effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This design was created in 2015 by Jody Clark and debuted on British coinage starting in 2016. The Queen is depicted at the age of 89 and wears the Royal Diadem diamond crown as shown previously in the third-generation portrait (1985-1997) by Raphael Maklouf.
The Royal Mint’s investment-grade offering in the Queen’s Beast Series consists of three different metal choices and a variety of weights. As was the case in previous releases, there are no mintage caps on the bullion versions of the coin. The available weights are listed below, along with packaging information for each:
The Royal Mint will eventually launch the Falcon of the Plantagenets coin design in the additional 10 oz silver option and 1 oz platinum option as well, though these releases are delayed compared to these three primary weights in gold and silver.
At the same time the Royal Mint releases its bullion coins, collectors can also get their hands on the proof versions of the Falcon of the Plantagenets design. The proof versions of the coin have greater variety in terms of available weights, but have much lower mintage figures with the Royal Mint strictly controlling the number of coins issued. Additionally, proof coins are only available in gold and silver. The Proof 2019 White Falcon Coins are listed below:
The proof coins all have frosted design elements and mirrored background fields. Each coin is individually packaged inside of a protective capsule which is housed within a Royal Mint display box. Most come in a standard black or royal blue display box, but the larger 1 Kilo coins are available in wooden display boxes. Each individual coin comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity as well. The highest mintage figure in the proof range is 5,500 for the 1 oz silver coin, while the lowest is just 10 for the 1 Kilo gold coin.
The House of Plantagenet was one of the most powerful in Europe from the 12th century to the 15th century. The Plantagenets controlled lands throughout Europe during this time period, including much of the Normandy, France area from which the first Plantagenet king would come to England. Originating in Anjou, France, the first Plantagenet king to sit on the throne of England was King Henry II, whose father owned those lands in Normandy.
The Plantagenet Dynasty produced 14 monarchs for the throne of England stretching from Henry II’s rise to the throne in 1154 to the end of the direct line in 1485 with the death of King Richard III in battle. The dynasty is typically divided in British history into three segments. The first Plantagenets, known as the Angevins, ruled from 1154 to 1216 and included Henry II, King Richard I the Lionheart, and King John I.
From there, the Plantegents continued from 1216 to 1399 with the reigns of King Henry III, King Edward I, King Edward II, King Edward III, and King Richard II. The House of Plantagenet in England split at this point in time into the House of York and the House of Lancaster, which would rule the kingdom until the end of the Plantagenet Dynasty in 1485. The monarchs of this period include King Henry IV, King Henry V, and King Henry VI, whose reign was interrupted by the Wars of the Roses when Henry VI and the York King Edward IV interchangeably held the crown.
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