The design of this silver Proof coin features a dragon rearing up over a shield, which bears four leopards. Around the edge of the face reads Red Dragon of Wales 2018.
The reverse features the fifth portrait of The Queen to be used on coins. Both the obverse and reverse were designed by Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark.
The exquisite design is packaged in a charming display box and is accompanied by a booklet that was produced in collaboration with Clive Cheeseman, the Richmond Herald at the College of Arms.
Wales has cherished the dragon as its national symbol for centuries. Historians estimate that its earliest usage may have been as far back as 829 AD!
A symbol of strength, power, and wisom, the dragon emblem was famously used by Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII. Henry himself adopted the symbol at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last significant battle in the War of the Roses.
The Red Dragon of Wales is the third release in the collection. Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark has taken centuries of tradition and combined it with contemporary design to create a series of dynamic reverse designs.
“Although the dragon isn’t a real creature, I could still take inspiration from real animals. I researched lizards, crocodiles and snakes and tried lots of different approaches until I got the look I wanted. I wanted the beasts in the collection to feel fantastical but also have realistic elements. I think the static shield at the centre of the coin gives
a contrast to the beast, with the dragon’s tail and claws curling around the shield giving the design a sense of movement.”
- designer Jody Clark
The Queen’s Beasts Collection is inspired by centuries of history and royal heraldry. Discover more on the origins of these fantastical creatures who represent and guard Her Majesty The Queen.
When Her Majesty The Queen was crowned in 1953, the entrance to Westminster Abbey was guarded by 10 fantastical 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.
The collection is a series of 10 coins from The Royal Mint, inspired by the ancestral beasts of heraldry, myth and legend that have watched over The Queen throughout her unprecedented reign, from her coronation to her Sapphire Jubilee.
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