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What are The Queen's Beasts?

Discover the beasts featured in the hugely popular Royal Mint 2017 series

The Queen's Beasts coins were issued in 2017, and, unsurprisingly, were an instant hit. They are 10 heraldic statues that represent the family and ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II.

In preparation for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Minister of Works in 1952 asked Royal Academician and sculptor James Woodford to create 10 new beasts. They were to be similar in form and character to the the King's Beasts at Hampton Court but appropriate to the new Queen.

demonstrate the young Queen’s ancestry through the centuries-old heraldic tradition of displaying shields of her lineage being supported by animals, real and mythological found in the royal bestiary.

Each of The Queen's Beasts statue is made up a fearsome heraldic beast that supports a shield bearing a badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II.

The plaster beasts stand six feet (1.8 m) high and are said to 50 stones (320 kg) each! Originally they were uncolored except for their shields, however now they are now in resplendent colour.

The beasts stood tall and proud in front of the western annex to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953.

The 10 beasts are:


  1. The Lion of England
  2. The White Greyhound of Richmond
  3. The Yale of Beaufort
  4. The Red Dragon of Wales
  5. The White Horse of Hanover
  6. The White Lion of Mortimer
  7. The Unicorn of Scotland
  8. The Griffin of Edward III
  9. The Black Bull of Clarence
  10. The Falcon of the Plantagenets


The Queen's Beasts coins are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in gold and silver since 2016.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Each of the 10 planned coins in the series features a stylized version of one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of ancestry. The silver coin is notable as it marks "the first time an official two-ounce United Kingdom silver bullion coin has been struck".[1] The entire series' designs are to be created by engraver Jody Clark.[1] In December of 2016, a full line of Proof quality coins was announced.[8] In 2017 the mint began producing a Platnium version of the coin.