One of the most famous historic images of Kingdom of England was the Barbary lion, and it remains today as an enduring symbol of the nation’s Royal Family as part of the coat of arms for the nation. The Royal Mint highlights its significance as the first release in a new series of Queen’s Beast coins. Right now, the 2016 1 oz Gold British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin is available with an MS70 grade from the NGC on Silver.com.
- Arrives in a protective plastic slab.
- 1st of the 10 Queens Beast Designs from the Royal Mint.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 pure gold.
- Bears a face value of £100 (GBP) backed by the government of Britain.
- Issued a grade of Mint State 70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Reverse includes the Lion of England image.
- Obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Both designs from Jody Clark of the Royal Mint.
The lion is commonly used in heraldry because it symbolizes bravery, nobility, royalty, strength, and valor. It is a particularly popular figure in the depiction of the British Royal Family’s coat of arms dating all the way back to the High Middle Ages.
Warriors of the knight class embraced the lion’s nobility, bravery, and strength, and many rulers of the Kingdom of England took on the nickname of lion to emphasize their power. One particular example is that of Richard I of England, the man better known as Richard the Lionheart who led British soldiers in the crusades.
In the Gold British Queen’s Beast Series, the Royal Mint plans to introduce a total of 10 different designs reflective of the designs from James Woodford RA. Woodford sculpted 10 beasts in six-foot tall statues that were present at Westminster Abbey in 1953 during Queen Elizabeth II’s official coronation ceremony. The Lion of England debuts as the first design in this new series.
On the obverse of the 2016 1 oz Gold British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin is the all-new right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s new portrait was created by Jody Clark in 2015, who at the age of 33 is the youngest Royal Mint artist to do so.
The reverse of the Gold British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin features the Lion of England design. In the image, a snarling lion with a crown atop its head stands mightily behind the heraldic shield of Britain on its hind legs.
Each 2016 1 oz Gold British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin offered here is a perfect specimen according to the NGC. Coins in Mint State 70 condition exhibit full, original luster and feature no detracting flaws on the surfaces of the coin.
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