The Queen's Beasts Lion 1oz gold coins are here. Introduced in 2016, the “Queen’s Beast” is a new gold and silver coin series published by the renowned Royal Mint.
There are a total of 10 planned coins in the series that will feature a version of one of the statues created to honor the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s Beast Lion 2016 is the first coin in the series.
Fine Weight and Fineness
The Queen's Beasts Lion Gold coin is issued by the Royal Mint with a fine weight of 1oz and a high fineness of 999.9/1000. The diameter is 32.69 mm.
At the beginning of 2016 the Royal Mint issued “The Queen Beasts” gold and silver coin series. The gold coins are issued in 1oz and 1/4oz. The theme of the first edition in 2016 is the Lion of England. The full name of the coin is "Queen's Beasts 2016 - The Lion".
The name "Queen's Beasts" is a common term in the United Kingdom and goes back to the year 1953. On the coronation of Elizabeth II ten heraldic ”Queen’s Beasts” statues were created representing the genealogy of Elizabeth II. The 1.83 cm statues were made by the sculptor James Woodford (1893-1976).
The names of the Queen’s Beasts statues are as follows:
The lion of England
The griffin of Edward III
The falcon of the Plantagenets
The black bull of Clarence
The yale of Beaufort
The white lion of Mortimer
The White Greyhound of Richmond
The red dragon of Wales
The unicorn of Scotland
The white horse of Hanover
The motif side of the Queen's Beasts 2016 shows the "Lion of England". A standing lion is predominantly depicted with crown and shield. The shield shows the four arms of the United Kingdom.
The four arms of the United Kingdom show the coat of arms of England in the first and fourth picture, the coat of arms of Scotland (an upright lion) in the second field, and the coat of arms of Ireland (1927). The three lions have been an important symbol on the British shield since the 12th century.
In the background is an image of intertwining chains. The writing is located in a smooth area on the edge, which also separates the motif from the edge. The upper and lower part of the motif extends into the inscriptions on the outer edge of the coin.
The inscription reads: "Lion of England • 1oz • Fine Gold • 9999 • 2016”. The designers initials "JC" are minted below the coat of arms. Jody Clark designed the motif side of The Queen's Beasts 2016 gold coin.
The back depicts Queen Elizabeth II as the main motif. The background is a rough grained surface, which is very unusual for an investment coin. The inscription on the edge is "Elizabeth II • D • G • Reg • F • D • 100 Pounds"
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Royal Mint
Fine content: 999.9 / 1000
Fine weight: 31.103 g
Scratch resistance: poor
Rating: 100 Pounds
Motif Avers: Lion with crown and shield
Motif Lapel: Queen Elizabeth II
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