This year's Queen's Beast is the 2017 1oz Gold Griffin, the second in the series. The background for this range comes from the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, where ten heraldic beasts stood guard, The Queen's Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony.
The coins each depict one of the The Heraldic Beasts, reimagined by Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark. Jody also created the latest definitive coinage portrait of The Queen to appear on United Kingdom coins, the fifth portrait. His bold interpretation of the Lion of England was the first in the series to be released. This has now been followed by the Griffin, which was engraved on Edward III's private seal. The mythical beast of the Griffin, was believed to signify courage, strength, guardianship and vigilance, among other qualities.
Visit our in depth article detailing the historical and cultural significance of the Heraldic Queen's Beast:
This is the second in a series of ten designs that will celebrate each of The Queen's Beasts and will be minted every year. We look forward to seeing the future editions in the series.
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