The Queen's Beasts are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in platinum, gold, and silver since 2016. Each of the coins in the series features a stylised version of one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of ancestry. It was announced that engraver Jody Clark will design the entire series; he is best known for also designing the Queen's Fifth definitive portrait, which is on the obverse of the coins.
The Queen's Beasts heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II stood in front of the temporary western annexe to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953. Each of The Queen's Beasts consists of an heraldic beast supporting a shield bearing a badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from sculptor James Woodford. The statues were uncoloured except for their shields at the coronation. They are now on display in the Canadian Museum of History. There are other statues of the Queen's Beasts, sometimes referred to as the King's Beasts, at Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens in London, and on the roof of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
This set contains ten 1/4oz (quarter-ounce) gold coins, one of each design. It was issued on 28 June 2021, wrapping up the series, together with a two-ounce silver and a quarter-ounce silver set. Eight of the designs had been issued in a quarter-ounce gold format earlier, and we re-issued dated 2021 for this set exclusively. Unlike the individually boxed coins issued earlier, those in the set are "reverse frosted" - they have polished designs and frosted surfaces.
The set was sold out on the same day it was released.