The Seymour Unicorn Gallops into The Royal Mint’s Royal Tudor Beasts Collection
- The Royal Mint, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, has revealed the fifth coin in the ten-coin Royal Tudor Beasts Collection, the Seymour Unicorn.
- Given as a gift to Jane Seymour by Henry VIII, the Seymour Unicorn is believed to be the strongest of all creatures and is seen as a symbol of purity and fertility.
- Collection artist David Lawrence was inspired by the Seymour Unicorn stone sculpture which stands guard on the Moat Bridge at Hampton Court Palace.
25th September 2023:
The Royal Mint has today announced the Seymour Unicorn as the latest beast to be commemorated in its Royal Tudor Beasts Collection.
The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection was unleashed by The Royal Mint in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces – the charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace -, exploring the powerful Tudor dynasty and the infamous union between Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour.
Each coin in the collection has been designed by artist David Lawrence, with each design combining a unique balance of naturalistic elements with stylised, heraldic depictions.
The fifth coin in the collection depicts the mystical Seymour Unicorn holding a shield bearing Queen Jane’s Arms. Wild and untamed, the unicorn is believed to be the strongest of all creatures, so to have one guarding the Moat Bridge at Hampton Court Palace was a clear display of royal dominance from Henry VIII.
In addition to a Brilliant Uncirculated edition, the coin is available struck to Proof standard in fine gold and fine silver. The 1oz silver Proof edition features the edge inscription, ‘HAMPTON COURT PALACE· ROYAL TUDOR BEASTS’.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint said: “We are delighted to reveal the fifth coin in the ten-coin Royal Tudor Beasts Collection, featuring the mighty Seymour Unicorn. This collection has been immensely popular not only in the United Kingdom, but across the world, particularly North America.”
Each coin in The Royal Mint’s Royal Tudor Beasts commemorative coin series and its accompanying packaging has been produced in partnership with experts at Historic Royal Palaces. Combining the latest minting technology with traditional British craftsmanship, The Royal Mint’s craftspeople have successfully depicted the Seymour Unicorn in all its glory and in fine detail as part of this beautifully-crafted design.”
Jenny Smyth, Licensing Manager at Historic Royal Palaces said: “We are thrilled to launch the next commemorative coin within The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection. The Seymour Unicorn, an iconic mythical creature with an interesting provenance, has been brought to life by The Royal Mint - helping to share the stories of the palaces within our care with new audiences.”
Visit The Royal Tudor Beasts Collection | The Royal Mint to view the full collection.
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