It’s time for the next in the Tudor Beasts series, the flagship sequel to the Royal Mint’s much-loved ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series, which debuted last year with the ‘Seymour Panther’ in proof form. This is to be a ten-coin, five-year series, with accompanying bullion versions to sit alongside the various proof coins. Today’s new release is the third of the ten in proof form, but only the second in bullion, as the first issue was proof only. We predict the missing bullion design, the Seymour Panther, will be the last to appear, but appear it will.
The Yale of Beaufort, like the Lion of England, has also appeared in Jody Clark’s ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series, but David Lawrence has an artistic style that’s quite different. I have to say, this one is quite excellent. It must be hard to make a mythical, spotted, goat-hybrid look good on a heraldic piece, but he’s certainly managed it with aplomb. The ten-ounce silver bullion variant is especially cool, although the fewer border inscriptions of the proof coins are much better, we think. The obverse consists of the usual Royal Mint effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, and the issue inscriptions. All proof coins are boxed, but the images lower down are from the Panther issue, as the press pack had none for the Yale. It will be the same.
A few changes to mintages (those below are for the Limited Edition Presentations available at launch, but are generally close to the total mintages), and to prices, but nothing major, and to be expected in the current climate. To note, we don’t believe the 2oz silver proof mintage in the press release is correct, and think it’s a typo that should read 2,500 (not 12,500). Likewise, we got images of the 10oz silver bullion coin, but nothing in the press specifications, but that’s probably an oversight. We will amend when we confirm, but bear it in mind. However, overall, a superb release again, and confirmation the series is safe in David Lawrence’s hands. The proof range should be available later today, and the bullion anytime now.