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2017 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts: The Dragon

2017 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queens Beasts: The Dragon 2017 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queens Beasts: The Dragon
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2017 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts: The Dragon

The Queen?s Beast celebrates the British Monarch and the centuries of fascinating heraldry that has been a part of their story. Now available in 1/4 oz Gold, this is the third release in a popular new 10 coin series.

Coin Highlights:

Contains 1/4 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
Housed in a protective plastic flip. Orders of 25 or more coins come in tubes. Orders of 500 coins or more are packaged in Monster Boxes (20 tubes per box).
Obverse: Displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 100 pounds.
Reverse: Features a majestic dragon clutching a shield with it claws as its wings spread to the sky. The metal weight, purity and year are listed around the rim.
Sovereign coin backed by the British government.

At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten heraldic beasts stood guard. The Queen?s Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey in 1953, stand six feet tall. The heraldic creatures symbolized the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. Each proud beast, used as a heraldic badge by generations that went before her, was inspired by the King?s Beasts of Henry VIII that still line the bridge over the moat at his Hampton Court Palace.

Today, The Queen?s Beasts can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas, also carved by James Woodford, watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom. But these mythical, ancient creatures such as the lion, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn and horse have gone on to inspire the highly-praised new talent, Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark.

Dragons are one of the best known mythical beasts, and are found in legends all over the world. In Wales it was mentioned in chronicles as early as the sixth century. The Red Dragon of The Queen?s Beasts was an emblem of Owen Tudor, a claim to Welsh heritage that was carried on by his son, who would become Henry VII. The troops of Henry VII carried a fiery red dragon standard at the Battle of Bosworth, when Henry secured the crown of England. The dragon is red, but with a yellow underbelly and it holds a quartered red and gold shield with leopards, the arms of Llewelyn ap Griffith, the last native Prince of Wales. In Europe, the dragon was seen as a frightening creature, but strong, wise and powerful.

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Goldcoin: The Queens Beasts - The Dragon

Motive: The Queens Beasts - The Dragon

Country of origin: England

Nominal value: 25 Pfund

Mint: British Royal Mint

Quality: BU

Issue: 2017

Weight: 7,75 g

Fineness: 999,9 Gold

Diameter: 22,00 mm

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