When Her Majesty The Queen was crowned in 1953, ten statues lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey. Each beast represented the heraldry of the new queen, symbols of the monarchs in whose footsteps she walked. The Queen’s Beasts have since been brought to life in a series of coins, designed by the man behind the latest definitive coinage portrait of The Queen – Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark

The series began with the proud and ferocious Lion of England but the White Lion of Mortimer, the latest release in the collection, is a very different animal. To represent loyalty and discipline, the uncrowned White Lion is seated with its tail tucked between its legs. This Lion represents The Queen’s Yorkist heritage. First used by Roger Mortimer, Earl of March (1328–60), a founder Knight of the Order of the Garter. The White Lion of Mortimer passed to the House of York and was used by both Richard II and Edward IV.

This design highlights the White Lion’s mane, tail and shield, as they convey important aspects of his story. The badge on the Lion’s shield bears the white rose of York with the sun’s golden rays – a symbol adopted by Edward IV, who saw the sun as a sign of good luck in battle.

This bullion coin from The Queen’s Beasts Collection is also available as a one ounce gold edition and a two-ounce silver edition.

Key Points:

  • Struck in 999.9 fine gold
  • Finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard
  • Both sides of the coin were created by prestigious designer Jody Clark
  • Features a detailed chainmail background
  • Exempt from UK capital gains tax for UK residents
  • VAT free for not VAT registered private individuals
  • Individually packaged in a single coin capsule


The Queen's Beasts 2020 The Lion of Mortimer 1/4 oz Gold Bullion Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £25
Alloy 999.9 Fine Gold
Diameter 22.00mm
Reverse Designer Jody Clark
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Specification Value
Quality Bullion
Year 2020
Pure Metal Type Gold
Pure Metal Content 1/4 Troy Oz
Fineness 999.9
Packaging Single Coin Capsule

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