2018 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts – Black Bull of Clarence
The Royal Mint has once again proven its impeccable dedication to producing British coinage that faithfully represents the nation's rich heritage. Fifth in the immensely popular ten-coin Queen's Beasts series, The Black Bull of Clarence was designed for the British Royal Mint by the highly respected engraver, Jody Clark. As with the four previous releases, the intricate detail captured on the image is truly awesome! This magnificent 2018 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts – Black Bull 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 has 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 100 pounds face value. Quite interestingly, the Queen's portrait was also designed by Jody Clark and adopted into British coinage since 2016. The background pattern features the Royal Mint's new guilloché texture design.
The Black Bull is universally recognized as a powerful symbol of strength and resolve. Once this animal plants his hooves, he stands his ground. That is resolve, and as displayed in this powerful design, he also has the strength to back it up. The image demonstrates the raw, muscular brawn of this beast, as the bull rears high on his back hooves. In this proud stance, he lifts his head high in a regal manner.
One hoof rests upon the shield that displays the Royal Coat of Arms of the Black Bull of Clarence. This coat of arms, and the proud lineage it represents, has a regal history that reaches back well over 200 years. Its place among the other nine Queen's Beasts certainly establishes the strength and resolve of the Black Bull of Clarence. The design is encircled with the inscriptions, "BLACK BULL OF CLARENCE , 1/4 oz FINE GOLD, 999.9, 2018." The designer's initials are below and to the left of the shield.
- 2018 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts – Black Bull.
- Fifth edition of a series of ten coins.
- Contains 1/4 troy oz of .9999 fine gold.
- High-relief minting.
- Obverse: Displays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, against the Royal Mint's new guilloché obverse pattern. Inscriptions include "ELIZABETH II – D. G. REG. F. D." and the 25 pounds face value.
- Reverse: Features a powerfully detailed image representing the Black Bull of Clarence, 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.