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The Queen's Beasts Collection

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.

The Queen's Beasts

When Her Late Majesty The Queen was crowned on 2 June 1953, ten statues were created to form a guard of honour at the entrance to Westminster Abbey. The Queen’s Beasts Collection breathes new life into these mighty creatures that represent the British monarchy, and the series continues with the White Horse of Hanover. This beast represents the history of the Hanoverian family – including The Queen’s ancestor George III, whose reign we are also celebrating on the 200th anniversary of his death.

Just like his predecessors, George III embraced his ancient heraldry and retained the White Horse within his Coat of Arms. You can see this detail within the elaborate shield that the White Horse holds, in the coin’s reverse created by coin designer Jody Clark.

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X/X The Griffin of Edward III

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Part lion and part eagle, the griffin combines the characteristics of the king of the beasts and the air to create a creature more powerful than either.

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IX/X The White Greyhound of Richmond

IX/X The White Greyhound of Richmond

The hound is a common symbol in heraldry, used by royalty long before Henry VII, but it is closely associated with the first Tudor king.

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The Queen's Beasts Collection

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The Queen’s Beasts – Behind the Design with Jody Clark

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Behind the design

A Story of Royal Heraldry and Heritage

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Behind the Queen’s Beast Designs

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The History of The Queen’s Beasts

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The History of The Queen’s Beasts
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