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The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, has today unleashed the Griffin of Edward III onto a commemorative coin as the final heraldic beast that forms part of the Queen’s Beasts collection.  

Chosen as one of the ten ancestral beasts that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey at Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation, the Griffin of Edward III has been reimagined for modern times by designer Jody Clark.

Each coin design that forms part of the Queen’s Beasts collection is a combination of heraldic symbolism and dynamic realism. Using this skilful blend, the coin’s design successfully portrays the power and courage of the mythical creature that is the Griffin, ensuring the design of the coin is in keeping with the other beasts that form part of the commemorative coin collection.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “Today we unveil the final beast as part of The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts collection – The Griffin of Edward III. The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection combines a skilful blend of design and craftsmanship with symbolism and dynamic realism to bring to life the ten ancestral beasts that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey at Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation. The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection has grown in popularity since the first beast was introduced in 2017 and has become a firm favourite amongst coin collectors across the globe.”

Known as a treasure guardian and a talisman to ward off evil, the griffin appeared in English heraldry from the twelfth century onwards and first entered royal service as a beast of Edward III. The griffin continued as a royal emblem after Edward III’s death in 1377 – Richard II used it on plate and jewellery – before falling out of favour after 1400. Although a portrait of Henry VI from circa 1458 shows two griffin supporters to his coat of arms.

The coin is available in a range of precious metal finishes, as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. Visit www.royalmint.com/QueensBeasts to view the full collection.

 

The Queen’s Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021Specifications

 

The Queen’s Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 Gold Proof Specifications

Coin title

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Gold Proof Kilo Coin

Denomination

£25

£100

£500

£1,000

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999 Au Fine Gold

Weight

7.80g

31.21g

156.295g

1005.00g

Diameter

22.00mm

32.69mm

50.00mm

100.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

1240

500

115

10

RRP

£605.00

£2,370.00

£10,820.00

£65,275.00

 

 

The Queen’s Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 Silver Proof Specifications

Coin title

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Ten-Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Silver Proof Kilo Coin

Denomination

£2

£10

£10

£500

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

999 Ag Fine Silver

Weight

31.21g

156.295g

312.59g

1005.00g

Diameter

38.61mm

65.00mm

65.00mm

100.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

4400

290

140

70

RRP

£92.50

£455.00

£865.00

£2,270.00

 

Coin title

The Queen's Beasts The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

28.28g

Diameter

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

RRP

£13

 

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

Precious Metals

Throughout history The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide via www.royalmintbullion.com and a global network of distributor partners.

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

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