One of the finest bulion coin series in recent years, the ten-coin ‘Queen’s Beasts’ range kicked the Royal Mint’s bullion offerings to a whole new level of popularity. Clearly, the task of following it was never going to be an easy one, and it seems the mint is to dip into the deep wellspring of myths and legends that make the British Isles so interesting in literary circles.
First to drop will be that most famous of fictional outlaws, Robin Hood. Despite a less than firm basis in reality (and numerous butcherings of the tale by Hollywood), the story of the bandit that robbed from the rich to give to the poor is as popular today, and perhaps as relevant, as it’s ever been. It’s an obvious choice for a new Myths & Legends series, despite the intense competition.
Just the two variants available at launch, although there may be more in future, just like Queen’s Beasts. A 0.999 silver and a 0.9999 gold, both an ounce in weight and both with an unlimited mintage, will launch the new series, each carrying the same artwork. The design is a good one, depicting Robin Hood, longbow drawn back, high in a tree, just as he’s often depicted in lore. There’s a border filled with the inscribed composition, but it passes under part of the main artwork, which looks pretty good.
Available to order from today, this could well be the follow up to continue the momentum started by the popularity of Queen’s Beasts. We’ve had a look at some Government documents, and there should be Maid Marian and Little John designs to follow next, a ten ounce silver and one-ounce platinum variant of this one, as well as a few other nice surprises in 2021. An interesting year. This one will be available to buy from the 15th March and should appear everywhere from there. The only place we’ve seen it to view is at Auragentum, but again, it can’t be purchased until next Monday.