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The Queen’s Beasts 2017
The Royal Mint, inspired by centuries of history and royal heraldry, released the immensely popular Queen's Beasts coins in 2017.
When the Queen was crowned in 1953, the entrance to Westminster Abbey was guarded by 10 creatures – The Queen’s Beasts. This awe-inspiring line up of heraldic beasts symbolised the centuries of heritage inherited by the young woman about to be crowned queen. Now, you can treasure these fantastical beasts with The Royal Mint coin series approved by the Palace.
The Lion of England
The lion is one of the earliest animals to appear in royal emblems; a traditional symbol of bravery and strength and the unicorn an enduring symbol of strength and beauty, it’s easy to see how it came to be used in heraldry.
Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark first release features the Lion of England standing rampant and fierce on the reverse of the coin.
Unicorn of Scotland
The Scottish Unicorn became a heraldic beast when James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth I. The king selected the unicorn to join the lion in supporting the Royal Arms.
The second release in the series has the unicorn rearing up over a shield, which bears a lion. Around the edge of the face reads Unicorn of Scotland 2017.