The Tudor Beasts, the flagship follow-on series to the Royal Mint’s much-loved ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series, debuted last October with the launch of the ‘Seymour Panther’ in proof form. The first of a new ten-coin series to be issued over a five-year period, there were no bullion versions to sit alongside the thirteen various proof coins, but the introduction of the second proof coin, ‘Lion of England’, has finally brought with it, bullion.
If Lion of England seems familiar, it’s likely because it was a core coin in Jody Clark’s Queen’s Beasts series as well, and while this new design by David Lawrence is of a similar basic layout, it has a different feel to it, more defensive in posture than the brasher Clark effort. It was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Lawrence has managed it in style. We love both versions here. The obverse is typical Royal Mint fare, just the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, and the issue inscriptions.
The proof range remains fundamentally unchanged, with just gold prices rising, and silver mintages falling. There are seven gold and six silver coins in the range, topping out with a hefty 2 kg piece. The selection starts at under £100, so more affordable than some of the mints recent big launches. If money is no object, they have you covered there as well, with the biggest gold coin at over £150k!
As we said earlier, bullion variants have finally arrived, so much like the Queen’s Beasts, there will be a slight desync between the two ranges. The bullion coin also takes many styling cues from QB. The border is busier, with each coin’s composition also inscribed within its area, and the mirror finish background field of the central area is eschewed in favour of a finely varied ‘dotted’ texture. The difficulty in reproducing it is an aid to fighting counterfeiting, more prevalent in the bullion market. The mint has chosen the same three base formats of 2 oz silver, and 1/4 oz and 1 oz gold. We suspect that platinum will join soon, and maybe a 10 oz silver, but we’ve yet to have that confirmed.
All together, a super release for those that like contemporary takes on classic coin design. It’s good to see that David Lawrence has a firm handle on Tudor Beast’s, and we’re confident this will be every bit the equal of Jody Clark’s classic Queen’s Beasts. High praise indeed. Available later today.