Queens Beasts Lion coin now available in a full range of gold and silver proof sizes
The Royal Mint surprised us all earlier this year when it debuted a quite beautiful new bullion coin series called The Queens Beasts. To be released two per year, the coins were available in 2oz silver and ¼oz and 1oz gold. Designed by one of the most talented coin artists working in modern numismatics, Jody Clark, it literally dripped with Britishness and the second coin that debuted recently and featured the Griffin, is equally impressive. Like me, you all seemed to have expressed a desire for a proof version. Wait no longer.
Available in a whole multitude of sizes, the silver starts at one ounce and passes through five ounces, ten ounces (a Royal Mint first), and through to a kilo. Ironically, the original two-ounce size isn’t replicated in proof form. For gold the range comprises a quarter ounce, one ounce, five ounce and a kilo. In line with usual Royal Mint pricing, the bigger sizes are expensive, but mintages are relatively tight, especially at the very chunky end.
It’s an absolutely beautiful piece of work in our view, with a definition that was lacking in the bullion version, and the mirrored background bringing the main design into sharper relief. Packaging as always with the Royal Mint is excellent and all come with a Certificate of Authenticity and the Jody Clark effigy of Her Maj on the back.
Disappointments outside of the price are few. The ten ounce coin should have replicated the diameter of the kilo coin instead of the five ounce. I can’t say a piedfort version of a coin that large and expensive is a particularly good choice, but a more affordable version of the kilo would’ve been more welcome. As for the prices, the silver coins come in at £85.00, £415.00, £795.00 and £2050.00 for the kilo. Gold coins are £455.00, £1795.00, £8250.00 and the kilo at, wait for it, £49,995.00. Available to buy now, and we reckon the five-ounce will again be the one that shows off the design the best.