The much anticipated 2020 10 oz. Silver British Queen’s Beasts Bullion Coin – The Falcon of the Plantagenets, the sixth in the Queen’s Beasts series, is now available.
What are The Queen’s Beast Silver Bullion Coins?
The Queen’s Beast Silver Bullion coins take their inspiration from the ten heraldic plaster statutes, each standing six feet tall, that were present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in 1953. Each beast represents the coat of arms or badge of the families associated with the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. The statutes were created by sculptor James Woodford who was commissioned to produce them by the British Ministry of Works.
After the coronation, the Queen’s Beast statutes remained at Westminster Abbey. In 1957, they were moved to Hampton Court Palace outside London and in 1959 were shipped to the most senior British Commonwealth Nation, Canada, where they are on display Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, in the province of Quebec. London’s Kew Gardens also has stone replicas of the Queen’s Beasts statutes carved by James Woodford.
The U.K. Mint launched a series of the Queen’s Beasts coins in 2016 with the intention of producing a coin depicting each of the ten Queen’s beasts. The Queen’s Beast Silver Bullion Coins are unique, not only in their design, but in that they are the first to be minted by the Royal Mint in a two ounce size.
The Queen’s Beast silver coins are .9999 fine silver and are US IRA approved.
The 2020 10 oz. Silver British Queen’s Beasts Bullion Coin – The Falcon of the Plantagenets
The sixth silver bullion coin in the Queen’s Beast series is the The Falcon of the Plantagenets. King Edward III (13 November 1312 – 21 June 1377) first employed a symbolic falcon as a badge. Successive Plantagenet Kings, King Richard the II and King Edward IV also used the falcon as a royal badge. The House of Plantagenet was a royal house of England, that reigned from 1154 to 1485.
Later, the Kings of the House of Tudor that reigned from 1485 to 1603 also used the falcon as a royal symbol. King Henry the VII (22 August 1485 – 21 April 1509) and King Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) employed the falcon in their coats of arms.
A two ounce version of the The Falcon of the Plantagenets silver bullion coin dated 2019 was released earlier in 2018. Now, the Britsh Royal Mint has released a 2020 dated ten ounce version of this coin.
The obverse features the most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the text “ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • 10 POUNDS”. DG REG FD (“Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor”) meaning; “Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith”. “JC” appears below the Queen’s portrait signifying the artist’s name, Jody Clark.
The obverse features a falcon clutching a shield that depicts another falcon perched upon a medieval fetterlock. The inscriptions read, “FALCON OF THE PLANTAGENETS • 10oz. • FINE SILVER • 9999 • 2018”. “JC” appears below the shield on the right signifying the artist’s name, Jody Clark.
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