For the first release of the Queen’s Beast Collection of coins in 2016, the Royal Mint chose the most significant mythical creature from the nation’s heraldry. As the proof versions of these coins arrive in 2017, the famed Lion of England again leads the way with a collection of stunning proof struck coins in both gold and silver. The 2017 1 Kilo Proof Silver British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin is available to you online today at Silver.com.
- Ships to you with a stunning wooden display box from the Royal Mint and included Certificate of Authenticity.
- First proof design released in the Queen’s Beast Coin Series!
- Mintage limited to 600 coins only!
- Consists of One Kilogram, or 32.15 Troy ounces, of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of £500 (GBP) by the United Kingdom.
- The fifth-generation depiction of Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse.
- A depiction of the Lion of England is on the reverse.
- Designs created by Jody Clark.
Over the course of a two-year period from early 2015 to early 2017, Queen Elizabeth II of England shattered a number of records for reigning monarchs. She not only surpassed her great-great-grandmother as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, she became the longest-reigning female monarch in world history and the first British monarch to reach her sapphire jubilee (65 years).
To mark the occasion of her long reign in Britain, the Royal Mint unveiled plans for a 10-coin series of gold and silver bullion coins to commemorate her 1953 coronation ceremony inside of Westminster Abbey. Present during the ceremony were 10 statues of mythical beasts that played a role over thousands of years of British history in the monarchy and heraldry.
The first and most important of these releases is the Lion of England. Captured on the nation’s coat of arms in a column of three, the lion is so prominent that national football and cricket teams are often known simply as the “Three Lions” when discussed on television and public radio.
On the reverse of the 2017 1 Kilo Proof Silver British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin you’ll see Jody Clark’s design of the Lion of England for the Queen’s Beast collection. It depicts the lion on its hind legs standing behind the heraldic shield of the nation.
The obverse of all Proof Silver British Queen’s Beast Lion Coins bears Clark’s fifth-generation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. As is traditionally done, the portrait captures Her Majesty in right-profile relief. It was created in 2015 and replaces Ian Rank-Broadley’s 1998 depiction.
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