Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. Most of these by tradition are measured in troy ounces of fractions thereof, but the mint also introduced metric coins measuring one kilogram of pure metal (they are actually fractionally heavier as a whole, to account for the small amount of other metal in the alloy).

The 1 kg gold coins are denominated as One Thousand Pounds (£1,000), although their intrinsic (bullion) value is much higher than their face value. The coins vary in design depending on the occasion (they are "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art.

This coin type is the second from a series of ten coin designs known as the Queen's Beasts.

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 stylized 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.

The Unicorn of Scotland comes from the Royal Arms of Scotland. From the end of the 16th century, two unicorns were adopted as the supporters of the Scottish Royal Arms. In 1603, the crown of England passed to King James VI of Scotland, who then became King James I of England. He took as supporters of his Royal Arms a crowned lion of England and one of his Scottish unicorns. The unicorn holds a shield showing the Royal Arms of Scotland, a lion ramping in a royal tressure, adorned with fleur-de-lis.

The gold one kilo coin was issued in a mahogany presentation box with issue price of £59,995.00, with issue limit of 25, in Proof FDC grade only.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland - reverse photo

The reverse features the Unicorn of Scotland standing on its hind legs, holding the Shield of the Royal Arms of Scotland, chained with a coronet around its neck like a collar. According to legend, the unicorn is a very dangerous beast, for which reason on its heraldic representation it is chained. It is thought that the chain was to show a great beast had been tamed to serve the king. As with most chained beasts in heraldry, its strength is emphasised rather than diminished by its shackles.

Around below, the inscription UNICORN OF SCOTLAND. Around above, interrupted by the unicorn's head, the date · 2017 ·.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower left field next to the shield.

Reverse Inscription UNICORN OF SCOTLAND · 2017 ·
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Notes

From the Royal Mint web page about the coin:
"Although it may have its origins in ancient times, heraldry still surrounds us today. As an art form heraldry is, by its very nature, distinctive by design, inspiring artists to reinterpret its traditions through the ages. Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark has brought The Queen’s fierce royal protectors into the twentieth century with a series of modern designs. His second design captures the majestic Unicorn of Scotland, the powerful symbol that joins the Lion of England on the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom.

The coin has been finished to Proof standard and is presented in a Royal Mint case with a booklet produced in association with Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald at the College of Arms."

The Royal Mint released sales figures in March 2020; however, some of them are not final as some of the products listed were still available for sale at that time.

See also

This reverse design was issued in a variety of formats:
- £5 copper-nickel brilliant uncirculated, 2017
- 1 oz silver, proof, 2017
- 5 oz silver, proof, 2017
- 10 oz silver, proof, 2017
- 1 kg silver, proof, 2017
- 1/4 oz gold, proof, 2017
- 1 oz gold, proof, 2017
- 5 oz gold, proof, 2017
- 1 kg gold, proof, 2017
- 2 oz silver, bullion grade, 2018
- 1/4 oz gold, bullion grade, 2018
- 1 oz gold, bullion grade, 2018
- 10 oz silver, bullion grade, 2019
- 1 oz platinum, bullion grade, 2019

Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland: References to Information Used
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All (37) coins of type: Gold Kilo (1 kg)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Kilo 2012 London Olympics 20 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2012
Gold One Kilo 2012 Diamond Jubilee 21 Royal Arms ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2013 Coronation Anniversary 13 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2013
Gold One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening 19 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2014 First World War Outbreak 10 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2014
Gold Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 15 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2015
Gold Kilo 2015 Churchill 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 1000 POUNDS · 2015
Gold Kilo 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold One Kilo 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 15 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Year of the Rooster 8 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Platinum Wedding 15 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 18 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Lion of England 13 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 8 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Year of the Dog 11 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 13 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Una and the Lion 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Victoria and Albert 12 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Queen 6 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 4 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 11 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 James Bond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2020 The Three Graces 21 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
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Gold Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value1000 (x Pound)
Total Mintage8
Mintage Limit13
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,005.000 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-VGVJ-OJYG
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