We think it’s fair to say that the Royal Mint’s ‘Queen’s beasts’ series has been one of the most popular and admired coin series in recent years, especially in the bullion realm. Earlier this year we saw the mint debut a new bullion coin series called ‘Myths & Legends’, starting with Robin Hodd. Speculation was that this would be the spiritual replacement for the Queen’s Beasts, but it has remained a bullion only serie. Today sees the actual successor released.
Tudor Beast’s has an identical base concept. Take ten of the most powerful and iconic heraldic beasts from history, and then have a talented coin designer re-interprete them for a numismatic canvas. The Queen’s Beasts dipped back in time just a few decades, but for this series we’re going back half a millennia for inspiration. Let’s be honest, if it’s iconic British history and imagery you’re looking for, the reign of King Henry VIII is a great place to head to.
This will again be a ten coin series, released over the next five years. The first of them will be the Seymour Panther, and the design is taken from statues (King’s Beasts) on the Moat Bridge of Hampton Court Palace, a beautiful building put up by Cardinal Thomas Wolseley from 1514, and gifted to Henry VIII as an attempt to regain his favour. The palace remains in royal hands to this day. It’s a fantastic material source for the series.
The coin designs this time are by Royal Mint regular, David Lawrence. It’s good to see a change to differentiate from Jody Clark’s style and keep some variety. It’s a simply beautiful piece. Tudor heraldry is stunning and this is a fine interpretation, both clean and recognisable. The Seymour Panther was originally a Boleyn Leopard, but Henry had it changed and gifted to Jane Seymour after Anne Boleyn went on a crash diet with the help of an executioner.
As always, there’s a comprehensive range on offer, and as always, they aren’t cheap. Proof silver coins encompass the range from one-ounce to two-kilos, while gold goes from a quarter ounce to two kilos over seven coins. Prices range from a snack at Hampton Court Palace, to buying Hampton Court Palace… Bullion versions will be incoming shortly, and we predict those will be warmly received. A terrific debut, we like this one a lot, both in concept and execution. Available right now.