Queen's Beast Falcon | The Royal Mint

The Queen’s Beast
The Falcon of the Plantagenets

V/X The Falcon of the Plantagenets

The Falcon passed to The Queen from the Plantagenet king Edward III. He chose the symbol to embody his love of hawking but it is also closely associated with his great-great-grandson, Edward IV. The white Falcon at The Queen’s coronation held a shield with a badge depicting a second white falcon within an open golden ‘fetterlock’ or padlock.

The fetterlock and the falcon were popular emblems in the Houses of both York and Lancaster, as they had descended from Edward III’s younger sons John of Gaunt and Edmund of Langley. The fetterlocks used by John and Edmund were always locked, perhaps to show they had no claim to the throne. Edward IV gave his younger son, Richard, the badge of a white falcon within an open fetterlock – the lock Edward forced to take the throne. Henry VII, who united the houses of York and Lancaster with his marriage to Elizabeth of York, often used a falcon symbol and it was said to be the favourite badge of Queen Elizabeth I.

 

Read More

Introducing our Falcon Range

The Royal Mint series
Queen’s Beast
Coin Series

The Queen’s Beasts Collection is a series of ten coins from The Royal Mint, inspired by the ancestral beasts of heraldry, myth and legend that have watched over Her Majesty The Queen throughout her extraordinary reign, from her coronation to her Sapphire Jubilee.

Read more

 

 

Available on royalmintbullion.com
Which Beast would you invest in?

 

Visit royalmintbullion.com

Bullion

“They are very stylised
and look imposing as
statues but the challenge
was to capture this on the surface of a coin...”

Jody Clark, Coin Designer

Discover more

back to top