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  • The Royal Mint has produced its largest coin in its 1,100-year history to celebrate the conclusion of its Queen’s Beasts collection
  • A team of master craftspeople produced the coin over 400 hours – including four days of polishing
  • As well as the 10 kilo commemorative coin, additional versions of the coin are available in a range of finishes from £13 as well as bullion versions available for investors.

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has produced a ten-kilo gold commemorative coin for the first time in its 1,100-year history. It is the latest ‘Masterwork’ from The Royal Mint – a new series of larger, one of a kind pieces for collectors made using a combination of traditional skills and innovative technology. 

The coin marks the conclusion of the Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection and captures all ten beasts side by side in a single design. The series takes its inspiration from the ten stone statues which lined Her Majesty’s route to Westminster Abbey at her Coronation in 1953.

The 10kg coin was created by a team of master craftspeople at The Royal Mint, using traditional minting skills alongside innovative technology. Modern techniques are called upon in the beginning with engraving machines being used to carefully cut the design onto the ten-kilo coin.

A uniquely titled ‘Master Toolmaker’ then hand works the coin, carefully papering and burnishing the surface of the metal to remove any marks made by the cutting process to elevate the finish of the design, before undergoing four days of polishing. Finally, the 200.00mm wide coin is laser frosted to selectively texture the surface of the coin giving it a matt finish showcasing the detailed finish of the coin’s design - completing 400 hours of work.

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Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “We are delighted to unveil a Royal Mint first with the creation of the UK’s largest coin to celebrate the conclusion of our Queen’s Beasts commemorative coin collection. It is the latest in our ‘Masterworks’ series which offer unique works of art for collectors, exclusively from The Royal Mint. 

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.

“This coin sets a new standard for minting - combining centuries old techniques with innovative technology to create a unique and beautiful work of art. It is the largest coin ever created by The Royal Mint, and is testament to the expertise, craftsmanship and skill of our team.”

Starting with the Lion of England in 2017, The Queen’s Beasts Collection has showcased the history and symbolism of each of these creatures in turn. The Royal Mint’s line-up of coronation beasts on commemorative coins is now complete and the celebrations continue with a special coin reuniting all ten beasts in one design. Presented together on one coin, these magnificent royal guardians – lions, a griffin, a falcon, a bull, a yale, a greyhound, a dragon, a unicorn and a horse – surround the effigy of Her Majesty The Queen.

For those looking to complete their Queen’s Beasts collection, the coin is available in a range of finishes with prices starting from £13 available to be purchased from www.royalmint.com/QueensBeasts

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Coin title

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Gold Proof Kilo Coin

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Gold Proof 2 Kilo Coin

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Gold Proof 10 Kilo Coin

Denomination

£100

£500

£1,000

£2,000

£10,000

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999.9 Au Fine Gold

999 Au Fine Gold

999 Au Fine Gold

999 Au Fine Gold

Weight

31.21g

156.295g

1005.00g

2010.00g

10,005.00g

Diameter

32.69mm

50.00mm

100.00mm

150.00mm

200.00mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

625

135

16

4

1

RRP

£ 2,315.00

£ 10,525.00

£63,380.00

£139,200

Price on application

 

 

Coin title

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Ten-Ounce Silver Proof Coin

The Queen's Beasts 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

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

7,100

300

125

75

RRP

£92.50

£455.00

£865.00

£2,270.00

 

 

Coin title

The Queen's Beasts 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

Additional Features

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

RRP

£13.00

 

 

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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 expert mint and has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Precious Metals and collectable and historic coins.

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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