After the successful market introduction of the Gold Queen's Beasts and Silver Queen's Beasts, the Royal Mint decided to expand the series by including a platinum version. The first "Lion of England" platinum coin of the series was released in 2017. The second, third and fourth coin issues that show the "Griffin of Edward III", "Red Dragon of Wales" and "Unicorn of Scotland" have already been released as well. A total of 10 coin designs will eventually make up the Queen's Beasts series. Each coin design depicts one of the Queen's Beasts on the reverse side, the 10 heraldic animal statues that appeared in the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 99.95% pure Platinum Queen's Beasts are the first-ever platinum coins to be released by Britain's esteemed Royal Mint. Only brilliant uncirculated 1 oz coins are offered for now. The coins are available individually as well as in 10-coin-tubes and monster boxes containing 100 coins (10 tubes). All coins of the Queen's Beasts coin series are fully backed by the British government. The legal tender coins are also exempt from the UK Capital Gains Tax. American buyers that are investing in platinum for their retirement can include the coins in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's).
|Weight||Face Value||Purity||Diameter x Thickness|
|1 oz||£ 100||99.95%||32.69 x 1 mm|
The obverse side of the British Queen's Beast coins depicts Jody Clark's official 5th portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The artist's initials J.C. appear underneath her majesty's image. The same profile of the Queen also appears on the British Silver Lunar coins and British Silver Britannia coins. Also engraved on the obverse are her majesty's official name, D. G. Reg. F. D. as well as the coin's official face value of 100 Pounds. The background of the obverse side was changed for the 2nd coin of the Queen's Beasts series. Whereas the 1st coin showed a stucco-like background, the British Platinum Queen's Beasts that followed show a guilloché pattern.
The reverse of the Queen's Beasts coins shows one of the 10 heraldic beasts that stood guard at the coronation ceremony of the Queen. The 1st Queen's Beasts platinum coin was released in 2017. It featured the fearsome crowned Lion of England holding a shield emblazoned with the official Arms of the United Kingdom. The 2nd coin of the series shows the Griffin of Edward III. The griffin is shown standing on its hind legs and with its wings raised. The beast's claws are gripping a shield that bears the insignia of the House of Windsor. The 3rd coin shows the Red Dragon of Wales clutching a shield in its claws. The 4th Queen's Beasts coin shows the Unicorn of Scotland leaping over a shield. Jody Clark's initials JC appear again on the reverse underneath each Queen's Beast. The name of each beast is engraved on the coins as well along with the coin's weight, platinum purity and year of mintage.
Britain's long history of royal heraldry was the inspiration that led to the creation of the Queen's Beasts coin series. At Queen Elizabeth II's coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1953, ten sculptures of heraldic beasts (each one 6 feet tall) stood guard. The Canadian Museum of History in Quebec is now the home of these sculptures that had been created by the artist James Woodford. That same artist had also created stone replicas of the 10 beasts that can still be seen at the Kew Gardens in the UK.
An earlier generation of heraldic beasts had inspired Woodford to create the Queen's Beasts. These were the King’s Beasts of Henry VIII that had been commissioned in 1536 in order to celebrate the King's marriage to Jane Seymour. These original sculptures were unfortunately destroyed sometime during the late 17th century. However, recreations of them can still be seen at the Hampton Court Palace where they line the moat bridge.
The British Platinum Queen's Beasts are only available as brilliant uncirculated bullion coins in the single denomination of 1 oz for now. When the first "Lion of England" coin was released, it marked the first time for Britain's Royal Mint to issue a coin out of platinum.
Mintage of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Queen's Beasts platinum coins is not capped and according to the current market demand.
The Royal Mint introduced the Queen's Beasts gold coins in 2016, making them the newest gold coin series by a major minting institution. The first three coins of the series came out in rapid succession and displayed the Lion of England, the Griffin of Edward III and the Red Dragon of Wales. A total of 10 different coin designs will eventually have appeared on the coins of the Queen's Beasts series when it is scheduled to end in 2021. The coins are minted out of 99.99% pure gold. Brilliant uncirculated coins are minted according to market demand in the sizes of 1 oz and 1/4 oz. Mintage of the four proof coin sizes (1 kg, 5 oz, 1 oz, 1/4 oz) is capped however.
The Gold Queen's Beast coin page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.
The Royal Mint introduced the Queen's Beasts silver coins in 2016, just like the gold version of the coins. The design of the silver coins is identical to that of the gold coins and the first three coin designs displayed the Lion of England, the Griffin of Edward III and the Red Dragon of Wales in succession. The coins are minted out of 99.99% fine silver. Brilliant uncirculated coins are minted according to market demand in the sizes of 2 oz and 10 oz. Mintage of the four proof coin sizes (1 kg, 10 oz, 5 oz, 1 oz) is capped however. A total of 10 coin designs will eventually make up the series of the British Silver Queen's Beasts when it ends in 2021.
The Silver Queen's Beast coin page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.