The much anticipated 2018 2 oz. Silver British Queen’s Beasts Bullion Coin – The Black Bull of Clarence, the fifth in the Queen’s Beasts series, is now available for pre-order for shipment by March 3, 2018.
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 2018 2 oz. Silver British Queen’s Beasts Bullion Coin – The Black Bull of Clarence
The fifth silver bullion coin in the Queen’s Beast series is the Black Bull of Clarence. The Black Bull of Clarence and the associated shield come down from Queen Elizabeth’s ancestor, Edward IV (1442–1483), the first York King of England.
The obverse features the most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the text “ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • 5 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 Black Bull raised on hind legs with his massive head pointed skyward as he clutches the Royal Arms Shield of Queen Elizabeth’s ancestors Edward IV and Richard III of the Houses of Lancaster and Tudor. The inscriptions read, “BLACK BULL OF CLARENCE • 2oz. • FINE SILVER • 9999 • 2018”. “JC” appears below the shield on the right signifying the artist’s name, Jody Clark.
When you order increments of 10 2018 2 oz. The Black Bull of Clarence Silver coins, they will be shipped in unopened tubes of ten coins.
When you order 200 2018 2 oz. The Black Bull of Clarence Silver Coins, they will be shipped in a sealed monster box of two hundred coins.
Queens Beast Coins are also minted in 10 ounce sizes. BGASC.com has available:
Prior coins issued in the Queen’s Beast Series
Also available in gold: 2018 1 oz. Gold British Queen’s Beasts Bullion Coin – The Unicorn of Scotland
What’s next in the Queen’s Beast Series?
The U.K. Royal Mint plans on releasing coins depicting the following beasts in the coming years:
2019 The Yale of Beaufort
2019 The White Lion of Mortimer
2020 The White Greyhound of Richmond
2020 The Falcon of the Plantagenets
2021 The White Horse of Hanover
This article by BGASC is not, and should not be regarded as, investment advice or as a recommendation regarding any particular course of action.