- Purity: 2 oz. of .9999 fine Silver.
- Thickness: 6mm
- Diameter: 81 mm
- Obverse: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- Denomination: 5 pounds
- Reverse: Image of majestic lion, Shield of Britain, weight, year and .9999 silver content.
- Mint: British Royal Mint
The 2016 Queen's Beasts Silver coin is the first 2 oz. Silver British Bullion coin to be struck by the British Royal Mint.
The Lion of England Queen's Beast is the crowned golden lion of England, which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the accession of James I in 1603. It is supporting a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837.
At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten heraldic beasts stood guard. The Queen’s Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey in 1953, stand six feet tall. These mythical, ancient creatures – lions, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn and horse – have gone on to inspire other artist and coin designers of the Royal Mint.
These legendary creatures symbolize the various elements of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. King Henry VIII first inspired each proud beast, used as a heraldic badge by generations that went before her. These majestic creatures still border the bridge over the moat at King Henry VIII Hampton Court Palace.
Today, The Queen’s Beasts can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec.
The British Royal Mint of London is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious refineries.