Gold Ounce 2018 Unicorn of Scotland, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2018 Unicorn of Scotland, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Ounce 2018 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. The one ounce (1 oz) gold coins are denominated as One Hundred Pounds (£100).

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. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

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 ounce coins are struck in Brilliant Uncirculated grade and are targeted at investors in precious metals.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2018 Unicorn of Scotland - obverse photo

Crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait"). Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 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.

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

The obverse has a textured background with a geometric pattern.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Ounce 2018 Unicorn of Scotland - reverse photo

The reverse features, on a textured background, 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, interrupted by the unicorn's head, the inscription UNICORN OF SCOTLAND 1 oz · FINE GOLD · 999.9 · 2018.

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

Reverse Inscription UNICORN OF SCOTLAND 1 oz · FINE GOLD · 999.9 · 2018
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Notes

From the Royal Mint web page about the coin:
"Inspired by ancient symbols of power and identity, the collection brings to life the ten imposing statues that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey in 1953 at the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen.

Following the success of the Lion of England, the Griffin of Edward III and the Dragon of Wales, The Unicorn of Scotland One Ounce Fine Gold Bullion Coin, features another original design by acclaimed coin designer Jody Clark."

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

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Gold Ounce 2018 Unicorn of Scotland: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)31.2100
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