In 2017 the Royal Mint, issued the first coin in a new collectable coin series
‘The Queen’s Beast’s. The collection will consist of ten coins, all depicting the famous heraldic statues,
that stood on guard outside the temporary western annex of Westminster Abbey
for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.
Apart from the Lion of England, which was placed in the alcove formed
by the North wall of the annex and the entrance used by the Queen to enter
the Abbey on her arrival in the Gold state Coach.
All ten statues, we made of plaster and unpainted, apart from the a shield, bearing the badge or arms of a family
associated with the ancestry of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Beast’s where the creation of the sculptor James Woodford.
Each sculpture stands six foot tall and weigh 700 pounds
Below is a list of heraldic figures, that make up the Queen’s Beasts collection
The Lion of england
The Griffin of Edward III
The White Greyhound of Richmond
The Yale of Beaufort
The Red Dragon of Wales
The White Horse of Hanover
The White Lion of Mortimer
The Unicorn of Scotland
The Black Bull of Clarence
The Falcon of the Plantagenets
The first coin of the collection to be released is The Lion of England,
designed by Jody Clark, this lovely brilliant uncirculated coin sealed within the original packaging
Denomination: Five Pounds
Weight: 28.28 grams
Metal: .Cupro nickel
Diameter: 38.61 mm