Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales

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 third 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 - so he is in the rare position of having designed both sides.

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 Red Dragon of Wales (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch) was a badge used by Owen Tudor, after the story of the dragon on Llewelyn the Last's castle grounds. His grandson, King Henry VII, took it as a token of his supposed descent from Cadwaladr, the last of the line of Maelgwn. During the reigns of the Tudor monarchs, the red dragon was used as a supporter in the English Crown's coat of arms (one of two supporters, along with the traditional English lion). The beast holds a shield bearing a lion in each quarter; this was the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales.

The Red Dragon of Wales 1kg gold proof coin was issued in a presentation box, issue price: £49,995.00.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales - 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 2018 Red Dragon of Wales - reverse photo

The reverse features a dynamic depiction of the rearing Red Dragon of Wales, facing left. The beast holds a shield bearing a lion in each quarter; this was the coat of arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales.

Around below, the inscription RED DRAGON OF WALES. Around above, interrupted by the dragon's head, the date · 2018 ·.

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

Reverse Inscription RED DRAGON OF WALES · 2018 ·
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Notes

3 of the coins were issued as "first release".

See also

Coins in the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Red Dragon of Wales include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Red Dragon of Wales, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Red Dragon of Wales, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Red Dragon of Wales, 2018

Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales: References to Information Used
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All (57) 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 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 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 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 (8) Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold 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 21 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 1000 POUNDS
Gold Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 19 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 7 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2018 Armistice (10) 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 5 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 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2019 Yale of Beaufort 6 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 White Lion of Mortimer 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2020 White Horse of Hanover 9 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2020 Year of the Rat 8 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 17 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 8 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive 5 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond 7 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Griffin of Edward III 10 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin 16 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday 15 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Prince Philip 10 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Music Legends - The Who 3 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Gothic Crown 20 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic 11 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Kilo 2022 Year of the Tiger 8 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2022 Britannia - Womanhood 2 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2022 Platinum Jubilee 14 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Kilo 2022 The Seymour Panther 2 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2022 The Lion of England 3 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2022 City Views - London 5 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Kilo 2022 City Views - Rome 2 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Kilo 2022 In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II 20 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Gold Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit (10) Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1000 POUNDS ·
Gold Kilo 2023 Petition Crown - Reverse (8) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Kilo 2023 2023 Petition Crown - Obverse (8) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Kilo 2023 King Charles III Coronation (17) King Charles III - First Crowned Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Kilo 2024 Year of the Dragon (10) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Gold Kilo 2024 St George and the Dragon (7) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Gold Kilo 2024 Waterloo Medal (4) King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2024 ·
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Gold Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value1000 (x Pound)
Total Mintage13
Mintage Limit13
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.0000 mm
Mass1,005.0000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-JLLK-EJZN
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