The latest coin series from the Royal Mint in England is the new Queen’s Beasts coin series. Featuring both gold and silver versions with each new release, there will be a total of 10 coin designs in this upcoming series. The latest of these is the Red Dragon of Wales, which is now available to you on Silver.com with release of the 2017 1 oz Gold British Queen’s Beast Dragon Coin.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic flip, tubes of 10, or Monster Boxes of 100 coins.
- Third release of the Queen’s Beast Series!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of £100 (GBP) backed by the government of Britain.
- Features the Red Dragon of Wales image on the reverse.
- Queen Elizabeth II’s all-new effigy on the obverse.
- Designs from Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
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 Red Dragon of Wales is depicted on the modern flag of Wales, a nation that is part of the United Kingdom of Britain, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The Red Dragon goes back much further than the kingdom itself though. The dragon itself was originally used by Owen Tudor, grandfather of Henry VII, as a badge symbol, and the Red Dragon of Wales includes the coat of arms used by the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.
On the reverse of the 2017 1 oz British Queen’s Beast Dragon Gold Coin is the image of the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon is often depicted holding a shield bearing a lion in each quarter of it, which was the coat of arms for Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last true and native Prince of Wales.
The obverse includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as referenced above. Her Majesty ascended to the British throne in 1952 following the death of her father, the king. Her coronation ceremony was held in 1953 and included 10 plaster statues of Queen’s Beasts.
All 2017 1 oz Gold British Queen’s Beast Dragon Coins in this listing are in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice a range of minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks from the process of striking the blanks at the mint.
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