British heraldry is full of mythical beasts that have been adopted at varying points in the history of the Royal Family to represent different eras and leaders. The Majestic Unicorn of Scotland came into British heraldry at a time when the thrones of Scotland and England were united to form the United Kingdom. Today, the 2017 1 oz Proof Gold British Queen’s Beast Unicorn Coin is available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a Royal Mint protective box with Certificate of Authenticity.
- Second proof series release and fourth overall design in the Queen’s Beast Collection!
- Mintage limited to 475 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Face value of £100 (GBP) is fully backed by the UK government.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse includes the Unicorn of Scotland.
The Unicorn of Scotland is an enduring symbol of the strength and beauty of the Scottish nation. William I created the earliest form of the Scottish coat of arms, adopting the Unicorn of Scotland as the primary animal in its imagery. James I of England combined the Unicorn of Scotland and Lion of England in the royal arms when he united the two thrones.
James I’s use of the Unicorn of Scotland not only represents the unity of the two kingdoms as the United Kingdom, but the two beasts together support the shield and symbolize the sovereignty of the Her Majesty as Queen of England.
Your 2017 1 oz Proof Gold British Queen’s Beast Unicorn coin ships inside of the Royal Mint’s protective box. Each coin in the proof series has a limited mintage figure, with just 400 of the 1 oz gold coins available for individual purchase. Additional proof options include a ¼ oz, 5 oz, and 1 Kilo gold coin, along with 1 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, and 1 Kilo silver coins in each design.
On the reverse of all 2017 1 oz Proof Gold British Queen’s Beast Unicorn Coins you’ll find the majestic image of the Unicorn. This unbridled beast is featured with a crown around its neck and a long chain coming from it. The unicorn stands on its hind legs with front hooves over the Royal Banner of Scotland.
The obverse of Queen’s Beast coins from the Royal Mint features Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy. Created in July 2015 by Jody Clark, it is the latest fifth-generation depiction of the Queen as monarch of the United Kingdom.
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