The Royal Mint has released (22nd February) their latest coin design which is part of the immensely successful and popular series entitled “Queen’s Beasts.” The coins from the Queen’s Beasts collection, which are inspired by ancient symbols of power and identity, bring to life the 10 imposing statues that are part of an enduring legacy defining Britain’s ruling dynasties.
The newest beast to join the 10-coin series is the Yale of Beaufort, a mythical beast described being the size of a hippopotamus with the tail of an elephant, the jaws of a boar, and of a black or tawny
The reverse design is created by Jody Clark, the Royal Mint engraver who has chosen to depict the Yale of Beaufort, focusing on its horns as a focal point in the design and maintaining some of its mystery and ancient heritage. He is seen standing on his hind legs, while keeping a defensive stance in support of the Tudor shield consisting of the crowned Portcullis gates. The inscription YALE OF BEAUFORT is placed below the primary design and the year of issue, 2019, is shown in two digits separated by the head of the Yale.
The obverse bears the fifth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, also designed by Jody Clark, and was introduced onto British coinage in March of 2015.
|Five pounds||Cupro-nickel||28.2 g||38.6 mm||Brilliant Unc.||Unlimited|
|Two pounds||.999 Silver||31.1 g||38.6 mm||Proof||4,250|
|10 pounds||.999 Silver||156.29 g||65 mm||Proof||250|
|10 pounds||.999 Silver||312.59 g||65 mm||Proof||200|
|500 pounds||.999 Silver||1,005 g||100 mm||Proof||90|
|25 pounds||.9999 Gold||7.80 g||22 mm||Proof||1,000|
|100 pounds||.9999 Gold||31.2 g||32.6 mm||Proof||400|
|500 pounds||.9999 Gold||156.29 g||50 mm||Proof||55|
|1,000 pounds||.9999 Gold||1,005 g||100 mm||Proof||10|
Each Proof coin in the series is available as a separate purchase and is presented in a custom case accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and booklet describing the overall series of 10 Queen’s Beasts.
For additional information about these coins and others available from the Royal Mint, please visit their website.
The inspiration for the design of this series has been taken from the actual Queen’s Beasts sculptures, each standing at around two meters tall, that were created by James Woodford for the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II held in Westminster Abbey in 1953. Stone copies of these figures can still be seen at Kew Gardens, outside the palm house.