When Her 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.
The Queen's Beasts
X/X The Griffin of Edward III
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.
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.
VIII/X The White Horse of Hanover
The Queen’s Beasts Collection continues with the eighth beast in the ten-coin series – the White Horse of Hanover.
VII/X The White Lion of Mortimer
The seventh and latest release in The Queen's Beasts series. Released in 2019
V/X The Falcon of the Plantagenets
The fifth release in The Queen's Beasts Series. Released in 2018.