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The White Lion of Mortimer stands behind a shield bearing a white rose imposed before a shining sun, the 'white rose en soleil', and both were symbols rich in importance to Edward IV. The white rose, of course, is a symbol still proudly displayed in Yorkshire but it traces to Edmund of Langley, the first Duke of York (1341–1402) who was, in fact, not from Yorkshire. The symbol was used by the House of York in its ongoing battle against the House of Lancaster during the Wars of the Roses and Edward IV was the first of the Yorkist kings.

The shining sun image, meanwhile, is often perceived to be reference to the parhelion – a unique atmospheric phenomenon, sometimes known as a ‘sun dog’, in which more there appears to be more than one sun in the sky – that was viewed on the morning of the Battle of Mortimer's Cross. The battle, led and won by Edward IV when he was only 18 years old, was a decisive victory. In fact, the shining sun was with him before this battle, inherited from Richard II (1367–1400)


The Queen's Beasts The White Lion of Mortimer 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £25
Maximum Coin Mintage 1000
Alloy 999.9 Fine Gold
Weight 7.80 g
Diameter 22.00mm
Specification Value
Reverse Designer Jody Clark
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2020
Pure Metal Type Gold
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