2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s Beasts Lion
In this much anticipated series, the Royal Mint has once again proven its impeccable dedication to producing British coinage that faithfully represents the nation’s rich heritage. With this first release of the Queen’s Beasts series, the 2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s Beasts Lion most certainly demonstrates the finest of craftsmanship.
First in the ten-coin series, the mint selected highly respected engraver, Jody Clark to design the Queen’s Beasts Lion of England. The intricate detail captured on the image is nothing short of inspiring. This magnificent 2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s Beasts Lion contributes greatly to the centuries of British heritage represented in the 10 original painted-plaster statues of 1953.
Minted in high-relief with highest purity and 1/4 oz weight, this Gold bullion coin series is certain to become a highly treasured favorite among collectors and precious metals investors world-wide. The coin’s obverse displays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the 25 pounds face value. Quite interestingly, the Queen’s portrait was also designed by Jody Clark and adopted into British coinage since 2016.
The reverse features a stylized and beautifully detailed image of the crowned Lion of England. The lion stands erect, with his large, crowned head thrown back in a full roar! His magnificent mane flows with his movement, as he whips his tail around behind him. All four paws are shown, with his right front claws extended forward in readiness. The lion rests his left paw upon the shield of the Lion of England. Encircling the rim are the inscriptions, “LION OF ENGLAND, 1/4 oz FINE GOLD, 999.9, 2016.” The designer’s initials are below and to the right of the shield.
- 2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s Beasts Lion.
- First edition of a series of ten coins.
- Contains 1/4 troy oz of .9999 fine Gold.
- Stunning high-relief minting.
- Obverse: Displays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions include “ELIZABETH II D. G. REG. F. D.” and the 25 pounds face value.
- Reverse: Features a beautifully detailed image of the crowned Lion of England, the date, and the coin’s weight and purity.
- 25 pound face value.
- Sovereign coin backed by the British government.
The Queen’s Beasts are ten heraldic statues depicting the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. The statues were created by the British sculptor James Woodford in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation, and temporarily set up in front of the western annex to Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of the British monarchy. Today, the almost 2 meter high painted plaster figures are on display in the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.